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Artist Emily Mae Smith: On Art and its Legacies
Join artist Emily Mae Smith in conversation with Hirshhorn curator Anne Reeve to explore how she uses simple objects and techniques of artists in history to draw attention to important issues of our time.

Often using whimsical themes, humor, and an interplay of styles including Surrealism, Pop art, and Symbolism, Emily Mae Smith thoughtfully mines art history to question historic approaches to gender. She often depicts simple, everyday objects such as a needle, a paint brush, or, often, a broomstick as a nod to daily work, while also metaphorically calling attention to contemporary issues of gender, sexuality, capitalism, and violence.

A response to William Holman Hunt’s The Lady of Shalott (1888-1905), Smith’s oil painting on linen Unruly Thread (2019) is on view in with Put It This Way: (Re)Visions of the Hirshhorn Collection, on view at the museum through Fall 2023.


7:50 pm EST | Zoom broadcast opens

8 pm EST | Emily Mae Smith in conversation with Anne Reeve

ASL translation will be provided on Zoom and CART (real-time captioning) will be provided across all platforms. If you have any questions about accessibility for this program, please email hirshhornexperience@si.edu.

Dec 7, 2022 08:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Emily Mae Smith
Emily Mae Smith was born in 1979 in Austin, Texas. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. In 2023, The Pond Society in Shanghai will present the first major exhibition of Smith’s work in China. Recent solo exhibitions include: Petzel Gallery, New York (2022); Galerie Perrotin, Paris (2021); Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels (2021, 2016); Simone Subal Gallery, New York (2020, 2017); SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah (2020); Marion Art Gallery, Rockefeller Arts Center, SUNY Fredonia (2020); Galerie Perrotin, Tokyo (2019). Smith’s work is included in important collections around the world.
Anne Reeve
Associate Curator @Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Anne Reeve joined the Hirshhorn as Associate Curator in June 2018 and is responsible for the Museum’s collection of Modern and Contemporary sculpture. She is curator of the exhibition Put It This Way: (Re)Visions of the Hirshhorn Collection, which unites almost a century of work by 49 women and nonbinary artists in a range of media drawn exclusively from the Hirshhorn’s permanent collection. She was also curator of Lee Ufan: Open Dimension, which constituted the artist’s largest site-specific sculptural commission ever to be mounted in the United States when installed on the outdoor Plaza in Fall 2019. In addition, she is focused on curatorial projects associated with the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden’s revitalization plan, designed by artist Hiroshi Sugimoto.