I Myself Have Seen It: Photography & Kiki Smith
March 6, 2010 – August 6, 2010
Comprising loans from the artist’s archives and several private collections, this exhibition explored a number of distinct ways photographs play a central role in the development of Kiki Smith’s aesthetic and in the creation of her art. Among the remarkable range of Smith’s photographic works, the exhibition featured hand-made composites, diaristic snapshots, video collaborations, and unique takes on computer-based techniques. Conceived as a series of distinctive installations, the exhibition incorporated dense arrangements of snapshots that suggest how Smith thinks visually, along with large-scale presentation photographs of her sculptures, and sequences of staged narratives — Smith’s unique versions of traditional fairy tales. It juxtaposed source photographs from the beginning of a project with the sculptures they inspired. The exhibition also featured examples of important early experiments with captured images, such as the slide show-performance "Life Wants to Live" (1982), and the artist’s animations of 19th-century motion photographs by Eadweard Muybridge.
The lecture is introduced by Elizabeth Brown, former Chief Curator at the Henry, and organizer of the exhibition.https://henryart.org/exhibitions/i-myself-have-seen-it-photography-kiki-smith
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