Kiki Smith: Water

May 9 – November 9, 2020

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Kiki Smith: Water, a solo exhibition of indoor and outdoor works, marks the artist’s first presentation of flags—a new element within her expansive production—in the United States. For this exhibition Kiki Smith has created a new collection of flags whose unpredictable, ever-changing movements mimic the ebb and flow of water in a river. Installed alongside four outdoor sculptures on Storm King’s Museum Hill with long views of the surrounding mountains, the flags present an ephemeral installation that is activated by the natural world around it.

A carefully selected group of works from Smith’s career are also on view in Storm King’s Museum Building, which pay homage to the threatened yet brilliant natural environment of the Hudson Valley—with a particular concentration on water. Smith considers the natural world through various media including printmaking, multimedia sculpture, photography, and textiles. Kiki Smith: Water is a materially rich exhibition referencing Storm King’s proximity to the Hudson River, the artist’s intimate consideration of space and context, and highlighting the Art Center’s distinctive indoor and outdoor features.

Photo credit: Eftychia Vlachou. Courtesy of the DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art.