Hair Head, 1990, by Kiki Smith

Adjunct Professor Kiki Smith in Solo Exhibition at Syracuse

December 14, 2017

Beginning January 18th, Adjunct professor, Kiki Smith, will be featured in a solo exhibition titled, Kiki Smith and Paper: The Body, the Muse, and the Spirit, at Syracuse University Art Galleries. The exhibit will include Smith’s drawings, prints, and sculptures, which explore the motifs of femininity and the female figure.


According to an interview with Smith, the author, Adjunct Professor in the Writing program and Alumna, Heidi Julavits '96, stated, “[Smith’s] sculptures [that] she made in the ’80s and ’90s have perhaps forever associated her with the phrase the female body. They were considered “feminist” (or activist, as she also engaged with the AIDS crisis) and sometimes inspired furors for their graphic depictions of bodily functions and bodies in decline.” Regarding her own work, Smith said, " work isn’t didactic. It’s not like I’m trying to say, “This is how the world should be.” I’m trying to synthesize my experience."


Smith’s work continues to explore “the human condition and the natural world,” according to Pace Gallery, who represents her work.


Most recently, Smith had a solo exhibition, From the Creek, at The Thomas Cole National Historic Site in the Catskills, and was included in the Venice Biennale 2017, where she has exhibited her work for the past five years.

Kiki Smith and Paper: the Body, the Muse, and the Spirit will run through March 9th, 2018.