Kate Gilmore
American, born 1975
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
Mana Monumental,
Mana Contemporary
Dark Flow Lurking: Anna Betbeze, Sanford Biggers, Kate Gilmore, Valerie Hegarty, Pepe Mar, Melvin Martinez, Fabian Peña, Gamaliel Rodriguez, Xaviera Simmons, Shinique Smith, Frances Trombly, Brenna Youngblood,
David Castillo Gallery
By Any Means,
Locust Projects

After constructing physically demanding obstacles, Kate Gilmore casts herself as the sole protagonist in single-channel videos that feature her comedic and destructive attempt at the course. Gilmore received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2002 and has a background in sculpture; in her 2009 piece By Any Means, Gilmore methodically built a large-scale wooden sculpture that she filled with dirt and—adorned in a dress and heels—dug and sculpted her way out of. Always filmed in private, and only once, Gilmore’s performances are short in duration but extremely challenging. Her actions have been likened to the conventions of the avant-garde Fluxus artists, whose physical performances consisted of carefully scored actions. Although never explicit, Gilmore’s work belongs to a second wave of feminism, subtly yet effectively challenging norms of gender and sex and symbolically …

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