Geneviève and the May Wolf

2000

Object

Artist

Kiki Smith, American, 1954-
Born: Nuremberg, Germany
Work Locations: New York, NY

Country

Object Info

Object: sculpture
Currently on view
Object ID: 2000.252A-B

Medium/Technique

Bronze

Credit

Funds from anonymous donor, Michael and Susan Rich, and the following by exchange: Ben Q. Adams, American Art Foundation, Lois Frumess, Prudence Grant, Mr. Samuel E. Hunter, Renee and David McKee, Robert Rauschenberg, Barry and Julie Smooke, Helen E. Tutag, and the Volunteer Benefit Events Purchase Fund

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Dimensions

height: 70 in, 177.8000 cm; width: 26 in, 66.0400 cm; depth: 26 in, 66.0400 cm; height: 42 in, 106.6800 cm; width: 14 in, 35.5600 cm; depth: 56 in, 142.2400 cm

Department

Modern and Contemporary Art

Caption

Kiki Smith
Geneviève and the May Wolf, 2000
Bronze
Funds from anonymous donor, Michael and Susan Rich, and the following by exchange: Ben Q. Adams, American Art Foundation, Lois Frumess, Prudence Grant, Mr. Samuel E. Hunter, Renee and David McKee, Robert Rauschenberg, Barry and Julie Smooke, Helen E. Tutag, and the Volunteer Benefit Events Purchase Fund, 2000.252A-B

Extended Info

The subject of Kiki Smith’s work has often been the vulnerable female body, constructed of fragile materials such as glass, wax and paper. In recent years, however, Smith has begun to explore the myths of certain female saints and goddesses in bronze, a medium that is significantly stronger and more resilient. This particular sculpture was cast from Smith’s friend, Canadian photographer Geneviève Cadot, and based upon the story of Saint Genevieve. The daughter of a shepherd, Genevieve is often shown in the company of wolves and lambs to show that her devout spirit could pacify even natural enemies.

Exhibition History

  • "Retrospectacle: 25 Years of Collecting Modern and Contemporary Art"--Denver Art Museum, 11/16/2002 - 8/3/2003
  • "Focus: The Figure"--Denver Art Museum, 8/9/2008 - 2/2011
  • “Stampede: Animals in Art” — Denver Art Museum, 9/10/2017