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Installation view, Kiki Smith, Flags, June 18, 2019 – October 31, 2020, Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Hydra, Greece, photography by Eftychia Vlachou © Kiki Smith

Artist Projects

Kiki Smith

River Light

Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, New York
July 15 – November 9, 2020

Storm King is delighted to present Kiki Smith: River Light, a solo exhibition of outdoor works that marks the artist’s first presentation of flags—a new element within her expansive production—in the United States. For the exhibition, on view from July 15 to November 9, 2020, Kiki Smith (b. 1954, United States) will create a new collection of flags whose unpredictable, ever-changing movement will mimic the ebb and flow of water in a river. Installed alongside four outdoor sculptures on Storm King’s Museum Hill with long views of the surrounding mountains, the flags will present an ephemeral installation that is activated by the natural world around it.

Smith has long considered nature in her wide-ranging artistic practice, and her flags ripple out from ideas of printmaking, photography, as well as interests in space, spectacle and pageantry. Arranged in a circular procession, the images in the nine brilliant blue flags of river light result from a film the artist created in 2005 of glints of sunlight on the East River, along which she used to walk to the 23rd street public pool. The standalone flag of hudson river addresses the Hudson Valley, highlighting Storm King’s shifting landscape through fluctuations in wind, weather, and light.

For more information, visit Storm King's website.

Artist Projects — Storm King Presents "Kiki Smith: River Light", Jun 30, 2020