Storm King Art Center Plans to Open 2020 Season on July 15 With New Outdoor Presentations by Kiki Smith and Martha Tuttle

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  • June 26, 2020

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View of the south fields, all works by Mark di Suvero. Left to right: Figolu, 2005–11. Courtesy the artist and Spacetime C.C. E=MC2 , 1996-97. Courtesy the artist and Spacetime C.C. ©Mark di Suvero, courtesy the artist and Spacetime C.C., New York. Photo courtesy Storm King Art Center.

Storm King Art Center has announced that it anticipates opening its 2020 season as an outdoor-only experience in a limited capacity beginning Wednesday July 15 for the public. The Art Center will open to Storm King Members for a special early-access Member Week from July 8-13.

“We are excited to welcome visitors back to Storm King and offer a place to connect with art in nature at a time when it is needed more than ever,” said Storm King President, John P. Stern. “One thing that makes Storm King unique is that our 500 acres offer natural physical distancing and in this first stage, we will offer an outdoor-only experience and limit the number of visitors through advance ticketing and timed-entry.”

Special exhibitions by Kiki Smith and Martha Tuttle will be unveiled to coincide with Storm King’s opening. Both presentations will be on view during Member Week and throughout the 2020 season. Other program highlights include special loan presentations of Mark di Suvero’s E=MC2 (1996-97) and Louise Bourgeois’ Eyes (2001).

The site-responsive grouping of new and recent large-scale flag installations by acclaimed multidisciplinary artist Kiki Smith (b. 1954, United States) is on view from July 15–November 9, 2020 (Members preview July 8–13). Kiki Smith River Light will mark the first US presentation of Smith’s flags, which represent a recent element within the artist’s wide-ranging production.

Recognized for her thoughtful investigations into the human condition and the natural world, Kiki Smith’s expansive and evolving practice resonates powerfully with Storm King’s site and context. The exhibition will bring attention to Smith’s intimate consideration of space and ongoing interest in the dichotomy of water—an element that is at once formed yet fleeting—and will directly reference Storm King’s proximity to the Hudson River.

For the eighth year of its Outlooks program, in which Storm King invites an emerging to mid-career artist to present a large-scale, temporary outdoor project in the landscape, Storm King will present a new commission by New York-based artist Martha Tuttle (b. 1989, United States) on view from July 15–November 9, 2020 (Members preview July 8–13). This work, entitled A stone that thinks of Enceladus, will mark Tuttle’s first solo museum presentation. Tuttle’s project will unfold across a large, rolling field at the southern end of Storm King’s property.

The work comprises a series of human-made stone stacks or cairns, built of boulders gathered at Storm King, carved marble rocks, and molded glass stones, which the artist created during the winter and spring of 2020. These stacks of stones will be installed amid large boulders from Storm King’s site. Through these carefully placed groupings, the artist invites viewers to recognize their own physicality both on and within land—at Storm King and in the Hudson Valley, specifically—by creating a point of contact between human and non-human energy. Visitors will be able to walk among the boulders that form the installation, providing viewers with the space and opportunity for reflection and contemplation.

The Kiki Smith and Martha Tuttle presentations are organized by Storm King’s Senior Curator Nora Lawrence.

Visit the Storm King website for visitor protocols:

Onsite public programs and events remain canceled until further notice. Throughout Storm King’s temporary closure, the Art Center has offered a range of digital programming, including hands-on educational activities through its Storm King at Home initiative. Digital programming and virtual events will continue throughout Storm King’s season and expand to include virtual tours and exhibition-related activities.

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