On the occasion of the ongoing exhibition ‘David Smith. Origins & Innovations,’ please join us in the Hauser & Wirth Publishers Bookshop for a conversation moderated by Timothy Rub, Director and Chief Executive Officer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with Robert Slifkin, Peter Stevens, and Karen Wilkin.
Richly inventive, Smith built his aesthetic cumulatively and refused to restrict his practice to a single style, method, medium, or subject. Smith acknowledged the creative continuity that connects humanity across millennia. He embraced the entirety of his artistic lineage, from prehistoric cave painting, to art of tribal communities bound by myth, to that which is codified within the histories of Eastern and Western art-historical culture. By displaying Smith’s oeuvre as a dynamically heterogeneous whole, rather than as a segmented linear narrative, and including major museum loans, as well as works that have never been exhibited before, ‘David Smith. Origins & Innovations’ reveals surprising juxtapositions of materials and scale that shed new light on Smith’s lasting artistic legacy.
This event is free, advanced booking is essential due to limited seating.
Timothy Rub is the George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Robert Slifkin is an author and Associate Professor of Fine Arts at The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Peter Stevens is the Executive Director of the Estate of David Smith. Karen Wilkin is a David Smith scholar as well as an independent curator and critic. She is a regular contributor to The New Criterion, Hudson Review, and The Wall Street Journal.