Kim Dickey | MCA Denver

Kim Dickey:
Words Are Leaves

Installation view: Kim Dickey: Words Are Leaves Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, 2016. Photograph: Jeff Wells.


MCA Denver presents the first major survey of work by Boulder, Colorado-based artist Kim Dickey. Kim Dickey: Words Are Leaves, opening at MCA Denver October 7th, showcases the ceramic works for which Dickey is best known, as well as work in other media, ranging from textile to photography. The exhibition highlights the artist’s ongoing study of pattern and decoration, as well as her investigation of landscape design and the history of the garden; more than 60 works from the past 30 years demonstrate how Dickey brings the decorative to life.

Kim Dickey: Words Are Leaves represents the breadth of Dickey’s practice, beginning with early works that are shaped by or redefine daily experience, and including more recent works that reexamine decoration. Later works manifest an idealized or alternative environment. In exploring pattern and landscape, Dickey has spent much of her career creating foliate objects and immersive installations. These works, installed together for the first time in MCA’s presentation, exemplify how the decorative can become an object, and how an object can become an environment.

This retrospective is the first solo museum exhibition to survey all aspects of Kim Dickey’s work. It will be accompanied by a major publication with essays by Glenn Adamson, Elissa Auther, Ezra Shales, Lisa Tamiris-Becker, and an interview with the artist by Nora Burnett Abrams.

The exhibition is curated by Nora Burnett Abrams. Kim Dickey: Words Are Leaves is on view from October 7, 2016 – January 22, 2017 at MCA Denver.

Kim Dickey (born 1964 in White Plains, NY) lives and works in Boulder, CO. An artist and Professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Dickey received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from Alfred University. She has exhibited her work in museums such as: MASS MoCA (MA), the Everson Museum of Art (NY), the Museum of Arts and Design (NY), and the Contemporary Art Museum, Honolulu (HI), among others. Dickey has created permanent installations at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver (CO), for the Danish Ministry of Culture (DK), and a commission for the Denver International Airport (CO), in addition to many private, site-specific commissions. She has also participated in shows in Australia, Germany, Japan, Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and throughout the United States. Dickey is represented by Robischon Gallery in Denver.

Kim Dickey Artist Conversation January 19, 2017.

Join Artist Kim Dickey for a conversation with curator Nora Burnett Abrams; celebrating her solo exhibition and the release of the catalogue Words Are Leaves.

January 19, 2017
6PM - Book Signing with Kim Dickey in the MCA Cafe & Bar
7PM - Kim Dickey in conversation with Curator Nora Burnett Abrams

The exhibition catalogue will be available for purchase before and after the program.
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