Installation view, I Myself Have Seen It: Photography and Kiki Smith, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York
Artist Kiki Smith has long been known for, and celebrated for, her sculpture, prints and drawings. But a new and rewarding show at the Tang Teaching Museum sheds light on the key role photography has played throughout her career, revealing much about her artistic process.
"I Myself Have Seen It: Photography and Kiki Smith" is a traveling exhibit curated by Elizabeth A. Brown of the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington, where it originated. Although the show is concentrated in the main-floor Wachenheim Gallery of the Tang, it continues upstairs on the mezzanine level, as well as in the print room.
Conceived as a series of discrete installations, the Tang exhibit differs from the original somewhat. Associate curator Rachel Seligman worked closely with Brown and a studio assistant of Smith’s, Beka Goedde, on the installation. “The basic ideas remain the same, but the actual implementation of those ideas is unique. At each venue, the show is reconceived in terms of the way things are placed, so that things are juxtaposed to create new conversations between the work but also with the venue.”