Community. Engagement. Advocacy. Humor.
Kiff Slemmons has spent ten years collaborating with the artisans of Arte Papel in Oaxaca, Mexico. The result is a collection of paper jewelry which is highly sculptural and utilizes indigenous plants, fibers, natural and synthetic dyes. Along with her artisans, she is dedicated to “reviving the pre-Columbian tradition of making paper from natural fibers and ... the possibility of being poetic in a visual language. "
She explains: "Talking about paper in Oaxaca involves countering assumptions about the material, its fragility vs. strength, the metaphoric implications of paper in this regard, in relation to books and the culture at large. What paper meant in pre-contact culture in Mexico, its magnified significance after conquest, its current place in culture today, ours and theirs. “
Kiff Slemmons is a self-taught metalsmith, who has exhibited nationally and internationally for over thirty years. Her work can be found in numerous museum collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Museum of Fine Arts Houston; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
The exhibition 'Huesos' runs from February 7th through March 6th.
An opening reception with the artist will be held on Saturday February 11th from 7-9pm.
Complimentary transportation from New York City is available, please call 973 744 0061 to reserve a spot.
Kiff will also be presenting a lecture at the 92nd St Y on Tuesday February 7th at 7pm.
We hope you can join us!