Kiki Smith: Books, Prints and Things
LocationThe Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Kiki Smith’s printed work, with footage and features that reveal her creative process, form the focus of a Web site and onsite installation.
Kiki Smith is among the most significant artists of her generation. Known primarily as a sculptor, she has also devoted herself to printmaking, which she considers an equally vital part of her work. The Museum of Modern Art exhibition Kiki Smith: Prints, Books, and Things and its accompanying catalogue showcase the scope of Smith’s printed art and presents it thematically, focusing on such topics as anatomy, self-portraiture, nature, and female iconography. Reflecting the same thematic arrangement, the Web site and on-site kiosks foster a rich understanding of her innovative body of printed art, illustrating over 135 works in more than 50 comparative groupings. Rather than just offering snapshots of Smith’s artwork, the concept for the interactive exhibition was to create a contiguous and fluid approach that would offer visitors a truly engaging experience. Visitors are transported into the online gallery with the ability to zoom into each artwork, bringing the smallest details of the artist’s work to life. Visitors can explore the virtual “gallery walls,” following a seamless journey through the landscape of each theme, zooming and panning from one view to the next. Through video footage of the artist working in print workshops and details of two prints in various stages of development, visitors experience Smith’s creative process firsthand. People hear Smith, see her working, and are immersed in the layered approach of printmaking.
Press & AwardsAmerican Association of Museums Muse Awards, Bronze, Art, 2004
The overall look and feel of this site was in tune with the art—subtle and harmonious. The slowly moving menu with innovative music causes the viewer to slow down and take time with the introductions, enabling an in-depth reading and absorption of the quotes. The artist opinions spoken in the ‘Process’ section, and the high quality images allowed the viewer to get a very personal perspective. The site allowed the viewer to participate in ways that books, films, and exhibits can’t.“Brand New Things,” Photo District News, Jenn Shreve, April 2004“News Bites from A to Z,” STEP, March 2004Macromedia, Site of the Day, February 27, 2004
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- Jeremy Clark
- Kirsten O’Loughlin
- Thomas Wester, David Brewer
- A/V Editing & Production
- David Waingarten
- Production Artist
- Fenya Su
- Production Assistants
- Martin Linde, JD Hooge