Kate Gilmore – Higher Ground – Artprize Jurors Grand Prize Winner

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ArtPrize Seven Grand Prize Jurors Discuss $200,000 Winner

The ArtPrize Seven Grand Prize Jurors reflect on their decision to award the $200,000 Juried Grand Prize to 'Higher Ground' by Kate Gilmore.“Kate Gilmore’s piece is really kind of magical in a way that we’ve maybe lost sight of. It really can contribute to a shared mythology that we can all unpack. And even though the object isn’t there [after ArtPrize Seven], we can continue to tell each other the stories about it.” -- Dan Cameron, founder of Prospect New Orleans

Posted by ArtPrize on Friday, October 16, 2015

Kate Gilmore’s contribution to the Rumsey Street Project involves the transformation of one of the residences to accommodate a performance that can be seen through out the duration of ArtPrize 7. Gilmore’s work explores the dynamics of power and the construct of femininity. Her Rumsey Street project includes some of the characteristic elements of her performance work, including identically dressed female performers engaged in repetitive activities. Typically the actions and costumes are informed by the particular history or context of the space in which the performance is staged. The setting is a building that was once a private home, and was later used as a convent. Working in shifts, as many as nine women in long white dresses and red shoes, will swing on swings mounted from the ceiling in front of open windows. The exterior is painted bright pink, and lit from within, which will allow the viewers to see the performers

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La contribución de Kate Gilmore al Proyecto Rumsey Street involucra la transformación de una de las residencias para adaptarlo a una presentación que podrá ser vista durante ArtPrize 7. El trabajo de Gilmore explora las dinámicas del poder y la construcción de la feminidad. Su proyecto Rumsey Street incluye algunos elementos característicos de su obra, como actrices vestidas de forma idéntica que ejecutan actividades repetitivas. Por lo generallas acciones y los disfraces se revelan al público a través de una historia particular o un contexto en el espacio en el cual la obra se monta. El escenario es un edificio que alguna vez fue un domicilio particular, y más tarde fue utilizado como un convento. Trabajando en turnos, nueve mujeres en largos vestidos blancos y zapatos rojos, se mecerán en columpios montados desde el techo, frente a ventanas abiertas. El exterior fue pintado de rosa brillante, e iluminado desde el interior, lo cual le permite a los visitantes observar a los ejecutantes.

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Kate Gilmore was born in Washington D.C. in 1975 and lives and works in New York, NY. Selected exhibitions include: “Body of Work”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland (solo with catalogue), Moscow Biennial (4th edition, 2011), Moscow, Russia, Whitney Museum of Art (Whitney Biennial 2010), New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California; National Academy Museum, New York; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York; PS1/MoMA, Queens, New York; Herzliya Museum of Modern Art, Israel; The Kitchen, New York; Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, Oregon; Parasol Unit, London, England; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina; Decordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California; Rose Art Museum, Waltham, Massachusetts; Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, New York; Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel; MAK Museum of Art, Vienna, Austria; Istanbul Museum of Art, Istanbul, Turkey; Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, Ohio; and Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. Solo exhibitions include: Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio (March 2013); Bryant Park (Public Art Fund), New York; Locust Projects, Miami, Florida; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Franco Soffiantino Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy; Maisterravalbuena, Madrid, Spain; Smith-Stewart Gallery, New York; White Columns, New York; Catherine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, California; and Artpace, San Antonio, Texas. Gilmore received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, New York and her Bachelors degree from Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. She has been the recipient of several international awards and honors, such as the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome (2007/2008), The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2009/2010), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Award for Artistic Excellence, New York, (2010), the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance, New York (2006), The LMCC Workspace Residency, New York (2005), New York Foundation for The Arts Fellowship, New York (2012 and 2005), Rauschenberg Residency Award, and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Residency, Brooklyn, New York (2010). Her work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois.