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    Conversation with... Kiki Smith

    Wednesday, May 11, 2011
    7:30 PM

    New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, in celebration of the Centenary of its Society, continues its “Conversations with...” series and is pleased to present Lois Oppenheim in discussion with internationally-acclaimed artist Kiki Smith. The discussion will explore how to define creativity and what constitutes the creative process.

    New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
    247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
    The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium

    Kiki Smith (b. 1954, Nuremberg, Germany) is an artist of international prominence whose career has spanned over three decades. She is a leading figure among artists addressing philosophical, social, and spiritual aspects of human nature. Since 1982, Smith’s work has been exhibited in nearly 150 solo exhibitions at museums and galleries worldwide. Recent exhibitions include Kiki Smith: Color Still at the Under Museum of Contemporary Art, Colle di Val d’Elsa, Italy (2011); Kiki Smith: Sojourn at the Brooklyn Museum, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art (2010), the fourth and final venue of a travelling exhibition which originated at the Museum Haus Esters, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Germany; and I Myself Have Seen It: Photography and Kiki Smith, a travelling exhibition organized by Seattle’s Henry Art Gallery, which will open at Northwestern’s Block Museum in the spring of 2011. Smith’s work has also been featured in hundreds of significant group exhibitions, including the Whitney Biennial, New York (1991, 1993, 2002); La Biennale di Firenze, Florence, Italy (1996–1997; 1998); and La Biennale di Venezia (1993, 1999, 2005, 2009). Smith’s work is held in more than forty important public collections in the United States and abroad.

    The Museum at Eldridge Street recently unveiled a monumental new stained glass east window, designed by Smith in collaboration with architect Deborah Gans for the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue, a National Historic Landmark located on New York’s Lower East Side. This permanent commission marks the final significant component of the Museum’s 20-year restoration.

    In 2010 Smith received the Theo Westenberger Women of Excellence Award, as well as the Nelson A. Rockefeller Award from Purchase College ’s School of the Arts. Her many accolades also include the Women in the Arts Award from the Brooklyn Museum (2009), the 50th Edward MacDowell Medal (2009), the Medal Award from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2006), the Athena Award for Excellence in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design (2006), the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine (2000), and Time magazine’s “Time 100: The People Who Shape Our World” (2006). Smith was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, in 2005.

    Kiki Smith lives and works in New York City. She has been represented by The Pace Gallery since 1994.

    Dr. Lois Oppenheim is Distinguished Scholar, Professor of French, and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Montclair State University where she teaches courses in literature and psychoanalysis. She is also a Scholar Associate Member of New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (NYPSI) and an Honorary Member of the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society. She has authored or edited ten books, including A Curious Intimacy: Art and Neuro-Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2005, and has an eleventh currently in press: Imagination from Fantasy to Delusion (forthcoming, Routledge). Dr. Oppenheim’s current research is in the area of neuro-psychoanalysis and creativity As a former professional dancer, and currently as a distinguished academic in the field of French and comparative literature, Dr. Oppenheim completed the Scholar Associate Program at NYPSI to deepen her application of psychoanalysis to the performing and literary arts. She is in the second year as host of the popular “Conversations with...” series of interviews with acclaimed artists and authors at NYPSI. Dr. Oppenheim is also co-creator of the forthcoming documentary about mental health stigma entitled How to Touch a Hot Stove.

guidance • support • stress • anxiety • depression • conflict • hyperactivity • identity disorders • socialization • self-esteem •
guidance • support • stress • anxiety • depression • conflict • hyperactivity • identity disorders • socialization • self-esteem •
guidance • support • stress • anxiety • depression • conflict • hyperactivity • identity disorders • socialization • self-esteem •