Familiars: Valerie Hammond and Kiki Smith

September 21 - November 3, 2018

Opening Reception with the ArtistsSeptember 21, 5:00-7:00pm

Curated by Rachel Moore

This exhibition of two internationally renowned artists fills all three galleries with their printed works. Familiars demonstrates the uniqueness, as well as the intersections, of the printmaking practices that Smith and Hammond have developed as contemporaries and friends over the last twenty years.

Familiars Exhibition Catalog Available Now

Familiars: Valerie Hammond and Kiki Smith Catalog
Bring the beauty and power of Familiars: Valerie Hammond and Kiki Smith to your hands with the 9" x 12" softcover exhibition catalog featuring full-page color plates, directory of artwork, and a foreword by Maggie Wright, director of the Easton Foundation, Louise Bourgeois House and Research Center. If you choose to have the item shipped to you, it will arrive in a rigid protective envelope. International orders may incur additional shipping charges, for which you will be invoiced after placing your initial order.

Throughout their time working together, Hammond and Smith have supported and discussed each other's explorations in print, gathering experiences, ideas, and images. They have also co-taught printmaking at New York University and Columbia University, and have traveled together to multiple residencies to work on prints. Their cooperative working and planning is often an expansion of their individual explorations as artists.

They share in common a sense of wonder of the power and mystery of the natural world, and regularly discuss their visual ideas, technical problem solving, the physical power of art and its impact, stories, life, and the shared joy of scratching on copper. Printmaking is essential to both artists' work. The work in this exhibition encompasses the plants and animals that occupy the landscapes in which Smith and Hammond have been immersed, living in New York State as well as in their travels.


"...printmaking is such a profoundly culturally influential process, but it is mostly a process that enables you to think in a kind of layered manner—like to see that information is layered, with pieces built up on top of one another, and that you can come in and make decisions and then re-evaluate those decisions and then change it and then make another decision, etc. It’s very process-oriented and to my mind a really wonderful example of how to think about things or how to see things in life." -- Kiki Smith, in an interview for Conflict of Interest.

"Even familiars are driven by the unfamiliar." -- Amy Lilly for Seven Days


Thank you to the generous supporters of this exhibit:

The James E. Robison

Gunnel Clarke and John P. DeVillars
David and Letitia Richardson

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Valerie Hammond


Kiki Smith

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