The Front Row, 07/25/2006

The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston just opened a restrospective of work artist Kiki Smith. Her wide ranging interests have led her to create a rich collection of pieces in all media that depict both full, life-sized human figures and broken fragments of human bodies and works that portray animals, sometimes in mythic relationships with people. . .

Kik Smith at work in her StudioBased in New York, the work of Kiki Smith has, over the past 25 years, has manifested itself in three distinct phases. Her interest in human physiognomy first resulted in a series of "bocy grafments" piecfes in the 1980's, sculptures that incorporated various portions of the human figure: heads, limbs, torsos, but never the entire form. . .that is, untill the 1990's when she progressed to the creation of life-sized, full-body statues, often depicting mythological female figures or personae from herξRoman catholic upbringing.ξThis past Friday evening, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston unveiled the first full-scaleξmuseum survey of that artists work, Kiki Smith: A Gathering, 1980-to-2005. She spoke with KHUF's Bob Stevenson.ξAudio here.ξξ

The 32nd anual Houston Shakespeare Festival opens this Saturday evening at Miller Outdoor Theatre with The Tempest. Sidney Berger, Director of the Shakespeare Festival and of it's parent institution, the School of Theatre at the University of Houston, staged the work. Veteren acto Ken Ruta stars as Prospero. They both spoke with KUHF's Alison Young. Audio here.ξ

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