Art & Art History
Voices: Kathleen Schimert
Gallery 400 Lecture Room
400 South Peoria Street
Kathleen Schimert (born 1963) is currently exhibiting Oedipus Rex: The Drowned Man at the Renaissance Society, University of Chicago. Oedipus is the archetype of Greek tragedy whom we understand primarily through strains of nineteenth-century Romantic and intellectual thought culminating in Freud. Schimert, however, confounds Freud’s fixation with Oedipus by adopting the point of view of Antigone, Oedipus’ daughter/sister. The work of New York based sculptor and filmmaker Schimert is riddled with a quirky narrative sensibility that at its most sticky sweet has the tenor of repressed Victorian sentiment, recalling a period not only responsible for the production of the modern female subject but also, along with it, female emotional subjectivity.
Schimert has also held solo exhibitions at AC Project Room, New York; and Janice Guy, New York; as well as numerous group shows, including the 1996 S o Paolo Biennial, S o Paulo, Brazil; University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Wan s Foundation, Knislinge, Sweden; Art Prop, New York; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; among others. She received a BA from Philadelphia College of Art and an MFA from Yale University.