HARRISON, N.Y. - Kiki Smith's work goes beyond the walls of any museum as they typically hold deeper political meanings. Next month, the American artist will showcase her work in Harrison when the Neuberger Museum of Art features "Visionary Sugar: Works by Kiki Smith."
Smith, 57, was born in Germany before moving to New Jersey, where she grew up learning from watching her father, sculptor Tony Smith. Through her career, she became known as a feminist artist with works that challenge gender identities and bring various social issues to the forefront.
Her work with body art, or art made with or on the human body, has been a highlight of her more than 30-year career.
Chief Curator of the Neuberger Museum of Art Helaine Posner made the call to bring Smith's work into the museum, attributing much of her excitement to Smith's unique style.
"[Smith] has an enduring desire to explore the range and possibilities of figuration linked to an expansive engagement with nature, spirit, and the imagination," Posner said. "Now at the height of her career, Smith continues to be an extremely inventive and prolific artist motivated by endless curiosity about the world."
The exhibit goes public Feb. 4 at the Neuberger Museum of Art on the campus of Purchase College. It features new multi-media work, including various drawings, collages and sculptures that Smith said explored "the profound interdependence of all living things."
"Visionary Sugar: Works by Kiki Smith" is organized by Helaine Posner, chief curator and deputy director for curatorial affairs at the Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College. Funding is provided by the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art, Helen Stambler Neuberger and Jim Neuberger, and Marcella Kahn.
"Smith is endlessly inventive and surprising. She takes on the big themes," Posner said. "In 'Visionary Sugar,' Smith moves in new directions and works in new materials, making this an important exhibition of work by a major artist."