British-American Jemima Kirke can thank Saint Ann’s School in New York for setting a solid foundation for her life, both as an actress and as an artist. It’s where she became close friends with Lena Dunham, later acting in Dunham’s debut film Tiny Furniture, and going on to star in her best-known role as Jessa Johansson in Dunham’s Girls. Saint Ann’s also encouraged Kirke’s love of painting, and Sargent’s Daughters, a Lower East Side gallery, hosted Kirke’s “The Ceremony” — painted portraits of brides (made-up or real) and divorcées in their wedding gowns, late last year.
Below are Jemima Kirke’s favorite books, available to purchase individually or as a set.
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Anthem Magazine took two wonderful photos of Jemima and they can be viewed in the gallery!
Tribeca Film Festival Selects
The 17th edition of Gotham’s annual film mecca is now in the books. Step inside for our collection of exclusive portraits!
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The Tribeca Film Festival went as quickly as it came, but not without first putting its stamp on the movies to come in 2018. Robert De Niro and Co. has long cast a spotlight on New York-focused narrative features and documentaries, as well as foreign pictures—a calvelcade of up-and-coming talent set alongside Hollywood’s most A-list. Since 2002, growing from its humble post-9/11 beginnings into an annual powerhouse, the festival has carved out an impressive niche for itself.
In its 17th year, New York City’s filmic rite of spring kicked off on April 18 with Lisa Dapolito’s Love, Gilda, a documentary tribute to a true original and one of late-night comedy’s all-time greats, Gilda Radner. On April 28, the closing night gala screened another New York story: the first episode of Liz Garbus’s four-part Showtime documentary series The Fourth Estate, which chronicles a year inside The New York Times while it covers the first year of the Trump presidency.
Looking over the list of films at Tribeca is always daunting. When the categories are seemingly endless and with so much on offer, the festival can leave the average moviegoer lost for guidance. Plot summaries aren’t much use, given that there often appears to be two films for every kind of premise. So the only way to discover good movies is to simply watch them, which requires long hours, an unflagging optimism that the next film might be leading the pack and, importantly, a colossal stubborn streak. Anthem has yet to best its 2011 record of seeing 60-plus films at Tribeca. Is this being thorough or just downright insane? You decide. We don’t wish that upon anyone.
Now be sure to scroll back up to the top and swipe through the gallery to get a full rundown of our carefully curated list of featured talent at Tribeca this year—captured by photographer Reto Sterchi exclusively for Anthem—which includes Noomi Rapace, Boyd Holbrook, Nicola Peltz, Eliza Dushku, Alessandro Nivola, Anders Danielsen Lie, Kate Micucci, Molly Ringwald, Kareem “Biggs” Burke, Rosemarie DeWitt, Alex Pettyfer, Jemima Kirke, Laia Costa, and many more!
Jemima and her sister Lola Kirke who stars in Untogether together was interviewed by W Magazine, read the full interview in our press archive and view a lovely new photoshoot taken at the Roxy Hotel in New York.
Lola Kirke has just emerged from 10 days’ vocal rest. “I have a hemorrhage on my vocal cords,” she told me recently. “From screaming at me,” explained her sister, Jemima Kirke. It was a late spring morning, and the two sibling actors sat side by side in a vacant hotel room in downtown Manhattan; later that evening, their new film Untogether, writer-director Emma Forrest’s narrative feature debut, was slated to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.
“From screaming at Jemima in a scene, but maybe it’s possible that 27 years of rage were coming out,” Lola went on. “Twenty-six, at the time,” her sister corrected.
“This was the best part about it though,” Jemima continued, before Lola cut her off. “The scene got cut.” Jemima corrected her again: “That’s the second-best part,” she said. (They have the distinctly sibling tendency of annotating each other’s stories in real time.) “The first-best part is that you wanted another take, but they kept wanting to move on, right?” Due to the time and budget constraints of making an independent film, there weren’t the resources to do the scene again. “She’s like, ‘Well, maybe if you showed up on time, we would have time for another take,’” Jemima recalled. “I was like, ‘Give the bitch another take.’” And they did—and that’s when Lola burst the blood vessel, after the first take and before the scene was cut entirely. (“You’re Adele!” Jemima remarked.)
“Which goes to show that anger only ever hurts you,” Lola said, affecting the sing-song tone of an after-school special. “So good! So good.”
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.
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.