You have the chance to go and see Jemima’s exhibition for one more week – until January 28! Really good new if you haven’t been able to go yet.
Last month, Jemima Kirke, best known as wild-child Jessa on Girls, told us why she had started painting her friends in wedding dresses. She wanted to “reopen the case” on marriage, an institution she’s “really perplexed by,” even though she’s been married before and says she’d do it again.
She said the series of paintings, currently on display at Sargent’s Daughters, had colored her opinion about the #metoo movement, which got us to talking about a controversy that had recently embroiled her old castmate Lena Dunham.
Needless to say, the jury is still out on marriage (heck, it’s still out on conventional relationships, given what Dunham recently said after splitting with her boyfriend of five years, Jack Antonoff). Which means it’s a good thing you now have more time to contemplate Kirke’s show; it’s been extended through Jan. 28.
Before you head on over to Sargent’s Daughters (179 East Broadway) on a thematically appropriate WED-nesday, read our q&a with the artist here.
New interview by W Magazine with Jemima about her exhibition and she talks about her previous marriage. You can read the interview in the press archive.
Marriage is probably the last thing you’d expect to be the subject of a highly personal solo exhibition from an artist who’s trying to get away from being most known as a famous actress, and who’s spent the past year in the news not only because the show that put her on the map finally came to an end, but also because of the announcement that she was divorcing her husband of seven years. Yet Jemima Kirke, who’s been painting much, much longer than acting or even appearing on HBO’s Girls, is not someone to do what you’d expect; in fact, she saw the split as an opportunity to finally explore why women like herself, who otherwise often reject tradition still feel compelled to get married and get caught up in the excitement of finding and wearing a wedding dress.
New interview with Jemima by Bedford and Bowery from December 20, 2017. It brings up some very interesting subjects and we get to see more beautiful painting by Jemima.
You may know her as the free-spirited Jessa in oft-discussed HBO show Girls, but Jemima Kirke considers herself more painter than actor. Her third solo exhibition, The Ceremony, is currently on view at Lower East Side gallery Sargent’s Daughters. A series of portraits depicting both friends and fictional women in their wedding dresses, the show seeks to interrogate why women still partake in this “antiquated ceremony.” A few days after the opening, we met with Kirke at the gallery to talk marriage, the #metoo movement, and recent controversy involving her castmate Lena Dunham.
Read full interview in the press archive.
Vice: Garage interviewed Jemima recently and as usual it’s a great read and you can also view a new photoshoot by photographer Alex Hodor Lee (taken in 2016) of Jemima and several more of her paintings that are on display at Sargent’s Daughters until January 21st, 2018.
“It was hard to find a divorced woman who wanted to put her wedding dress back on.”
Best known for her portrayal of Jessa in Girls, Jemima Kirke’s first love has always been art. The British-born American artist and actress got her first studio at seven, graduated from RISD in 2008, and nowadays spends as much time as possible painting in her Red Hook studio. GARAGE sat down with Kirke to discuss her off-and-on artistic career and current show of bride paintings at New York gallery Sargent’s Daughters.
Read full interview in our press archive.
Sargent’s Daughters has posted several times about Jemima’s exhibition “The Ceremony” and I feel it’s so unfair that I have the whole Atlantic ocean between me and New York 😉 Go visit if you can and these paintings are so beautiful, maybe one day I will be able to purchase one!
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