Karen Kilimnik, Little Red Riding Hood Vampire, 2001, water-soluble oil color on canvas, 20 x 16".


Karen Kilimnik

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA Chicago)
220 East Chicago Avenue
February 23–June 8

Aspen Art Museum
637 East Hyman
December 14–February 3

ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania 118 South 36th Street
April 20–August 5

Curated by Ingrid Schaffner

Karen Kilimnik’s trademark cocktail of ardor and acidity, camp figuration and dispersed installation, pop iconography and historical idioms (most recently, maritime painting and French Empire design) has exerted such a wide influence that this exhibition, her first major US survey, feels long overdue. Curated by Ingrid Schaffner with a generous selection of some eighty works made since the early 1980s—paintings early and recent, scatter pieces from the ’90s, heretofore rarely seen photographs and videos—plus an accompanying catalogue with essays by Wayne Koestenbaum and others, the show should help make up for lost time. Travels to the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL, dates TBA; Aspen Art Museum, CO, Dec. 14, 2007–Feb. 3, 2008; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Feb. 23–June 8, 2008.