Kiki Smith on Her Upcoming Brooklyn Museum Show

02/04/2010 1:09 PM |

Kiki Smith Sojourn

One week from tomorrow, the Brooklyn Museum will open the doors to the new site-specific exhibition Sojourn by Kiki Smith, the 56-year-old sculptor, illustrator, print-maker and installation artist whose work is often reductively trotted out just as an example of feminist art when in fact it is that and much, much more. The last big show of Smith’s work in New York was a 2003-04 retrospective of sculptures and works on paper at MoMA, which among other things revealed how her work had foreshadowed and possibly influenced the style of drawing favored among the current generation of emerging illustrators—with clean figures made of infinitesimal lines against sparse backdrops.

Though in part conceived as a response to the BK Museum’s feminist art collection, alongside which it will be exhibited, Sojourn is also a broader engagement with the questions of what it means to be an artist, and how one practices art, as Smith explains in an interview with curator Catherine J. Morris from the museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, after the jump.