I Myself Have Seen It: Photography and Kiki Smith

Main Gallery

kiki smithKiki Smith, Untitled (Head of Kuan Yin), 2001, Chromogenic (Ektacolor) color print. © Kiki Smith, courtesy The Pace Gallery.

A major figure in contemporary art, Kiki Smith is best known for her sculpture, prints and drawings exploring corporeal (both human and animal) realms and, more recently, the world of fairy tales.

I Myself Have Seen It: Photography and Kiki Smith explores the ways Smith thinks and articulates her ideas visually, through the camera. The more than 200 objects in the exhibition include photographs Smith has used as source material for her work in other media, photos the artist has taken that evoke fresh responses to and suggest new meanings for her art as well as her explorations of photography as an independent art form—from single images to manipulated and collaged pictures. The exhibition also includes two video works and examples of Smith's sculptures.

Kiki Smith

Click here to watch a discussion between Kiki Smith and Madeleine Grynsztejn, Pritzker Director of the Museum of Modern Art, Chicago, recorded on May 12, 2011 at the Block Museum.

I Myself Have Seen It: Photography and Kiki Smith was curated for the Henry Art Gallery by Chief Curator Elizabeth Brown with support from Steven Johnson and Walter Sudol, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and ArtsFund. Support for its exhibition at the Block Museum is provided by the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, the Myers Foundations, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.