Catherine Smith: A Cabinet of Curiosities

Catherine Smith is an installation artist, sculptor, and collector, viewing three-dimensional art objects not only as sculptures, but as souvenirs, memorials, relics, and icons. Smith uses unique materials to shape context, with the expectation that the meaning embedded in the work will shift with each viewer’s experience.

A Cabinet of Curiosities visualizes Smith’s definition of both an artist and collector through an exploration of objects that evoke both history and remembrance. This exhibition includes her sculptural series Dread Running: A Memorial to Lost Dogs, pieces from the Whale Project, and selections from her personal collection of nineteenth-century photographs, the basis for her book Women in Pants, which will be hung in conversation with contemporary works from the museum’s permanent collection.

Smith’s work is rooted in history yet relevant for our times, as we mark 100 years since the passage of the 19th Amendment, face the ever-increasing effects of climate change, and reconcile the meanings behind monuments and public mourning. Smith explores how forgotten objects and narratives can be used to tell contemporary stories.

Dates: September 19, 2020-February 28, 2021
Participating artists: Catherine Smith
Catherine Smith , The Whale Project
Catherine Smith , The Whale Project
From the Collection of Catherine Smith , Women in Pants, A Couple
From the Collection of Catherine Smith , Women in Pants, The Soldier
Catherine Smith , Dread Running 3
Catherine Smith , Dread Running 1
Catherine Smith , Dread Running 2