Kiki Smith in Conversation with MCA Director

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Renowned artist speaks about her work with Madeleine Grynsztejn at Northwestern’s Block Museum

Don’t miss a rare opportunity to hear contemporary artist Kiki Smith discuss her powerful and provocative work!


Smith, who often declines opportunities to talk about her work in public, will take part in a conversation with Madeleine Grynsztejn, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, on Thursday, May 12, at 7 pm at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, in Evanston.




Smith may be best known for her sculpture and graphic work examining the human body and nature. This special program is being held in conjunction with the exhibition I Myself Have Seen It: Photography and Kiki Smith, now at the Block Museum through August 14.

Smith has employed photography as an element in her art for more than three decades, using it as a tool, as a means of personal expression, and as a way to construct meanings. I Myself Have Seen It is the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s photographic work. Featuring more than 200 objects—from photography and sculpture to prints and video—the exhibition illuminates the way Smith thinks and articulates her ideas visually, through the camera.

Kiki Smith, Untitled (Sleeping Witch), 2000, Chromogenic (Ektacolor) color print. © Kiki Smith, courtesy The Pace Gallery.


Madeleine Grynsztejn is the Pritzker Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. From 2000 to 2007 she was the senior curator of painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and prior to that she was curator of contemporary art at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. She has also held curatorial positions at the Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Grynsztejn has written and lectured extensively on contemporary art and has served as advisor to the National Endowment for the Arts and other major arts organizations.



The Block Museum is located on the campus of Northwestern University at 40 Arts Circle Drive in Evanston. Free parking is available during this event. The museum is accessible via the CTA Purple Line and Metra. Visit www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu or call 847.491.4000 for more information


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 Foundation, and ArtsFund.











IMAGE: Kiki Smith at Mayer’sche Hofkunstanstalt, 2007, Munich, Germany, photo courtesy Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich and Pace Gallery.


Note: you can learn more about Smith’s exhibit in our previous post