January 28, 2010

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum presents Allison Smith: Needle Work

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis
Allison Smith
Untitled, from Needle Work, 2009
Archival inkjet prints on exhibition fiber paper, 22 x 16″
Courtesy of the artist
Allison Smith: Needle Work

Smith developed Needle Work in fall 2009, while serving as the inaugural Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Visiting Artist in Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. During a series of campus visits, Smith also participated in the interdisciplinary studio “Past Perfect, Present Tense,” which investigated the use of historical research as a strategy within contemporary artistic practice. The studio was led by Lauren Adams, assistant professor of painting in the Sam Fox School, who also serves as curator for the exhibition.

Support for Allison Smith: Needle Work was provided by Bunny and Charles Burson, the Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Art Endowment Fund, the Sam Fox School’s College and Graduate School of Art, and members of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.
A fully illustrated color catalog will accompany the exhibition. The catalog includes an essay by Wendy Vogel and interviews with both Smith and Adams.

Allison Smith
Smith is an assistant professor of sculpture at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She has exhibited in venues throughout the United States and abroad, including the Palais de Tokyo in Paris; the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams; the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh; the Arario Gallery in Cheonan, South Korea; and the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City, New York. In 1999 she earned an MFA from the Yale University School of Art and in 1999–2000 she participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program.

Public Opening Celebration
Friday, February 5, 7-9 pm

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum
The Kemper Art Museum at Washington University is part of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, and features cutting-edge special exhibitions, exceptional educational resources, and an outstanding collection of 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century European and American art –a stimulating and unique site to experience art, culture, and education in St. Louis. FREE and open to the public 11-6 every day except Tuesday, open 11-8 on Friday.


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