A newly commissioned project by sculptor and painter, Lucy Kim, "Rejuvenate and Repeat" is the latest installment of an ambitious series of solo shows dedicated to contemporary women artists at the Great Hall of the Institute’s historic Duke House.

Lucy Kim's exhibition in Great Hall
Image courtesy of Lucy Kim.

Lucy Kim - Rejuvenate and Repeat
Great Hall Exhibition Series Spring 2017
Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
James B. Duke House, 1 E 78th Street
April 11 – September 15, 2017

The Institute of Fine Arts at New York University will open its doors to Rejuvenate and Repeat, a newly commissioned project by sculptor and painter, Lucy Kim. Rejuvenate and Repeat is part of an ambitious series of solo shows dedicated to women artists and is hosted in the Great Hall of the Institute’s historic Duke House.  Accompanying Kim’s exhibition will be a series of free public programs with notable thinkers from New York’s art community and beyond.

Kim’s exhibition reflects on the importance of self-preservation at a time of uncertainty. Rejuvenate and Repeat features a monumental, twenty-foot painted sculpture that draws inspiration from the history and space of the Duke House. The massive site-specific work plunges downward through the main stairwell of the Institute’s Great Hall. The sculpture consists of bird and corn motifs in low relief, playing off beaux-arts bas-reliefs of foliage and draped figures in plaster, wood, and wrought iron that decorate and populate the mansion.

Doris Duke, the tobacco heiress and philanthropist who was once considered one of the richest women in America, gave the Duke House to the Institute in 1958. With no heirs, Duke left her fortune to the charitable foundation in her name in order to continue her legacy of supporting the arts, wildlife and environmental conservation, child well-being, and medical research. It is against this backdrop of Duke’s life and legacy that Kim’s work blurs the lines between abstraction and mimesis, painting and sculpture, image and object, and beauty and ugliness. Her process involves casting an object into plastic after creating analogue distortions in the molding process, and finally painting the object. What results is a monumental “image-form” that is at once imposing, tender, handcrafted, composited, imitative, and obscure.

Kim (b. 1978, Seoul, South Korea) received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2001 and her MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2007. She has been a fellow at the Yale Norfolk Summer Program, MacDowell Colony, and the Skowhegan Artist Residency. She is the recipient of the Carol Schlosberg Memorial Prize, the Boston Artadia Award, and the ICA Boston’s James and Audrey Foster Prize. Her work is included in the collection of the Kadist Foundation in Paris, among others. In 2017, she will also have solo exhibitions at Galerie Pact, Paris and at the ICA, Boston.

The IFA Great Hall Exhibitions are free and open to the public daily from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  The IFA is located at 1 E. 78th Street at 5th Avenue in Manhattan.  For more information about the IFA and its programs, visit the IFA website.  

Since 1932 the Institute of Fine Arts has been dedicated to graduate teaching and advanced research in the history of art, archaeology, and conservation. This tradition was enhanced in 2013 when the Institute, revealing the potential of the Duke House’s beaux-arts interior as venue for contemporary art, inaugurated its student-led Great Hall Exhibition program. Acclaimed artists Lynda Benglis, Rachel Harrison, Marta Chilindrón, and most recently, Martha Friedman are among the artists featured to date.

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