On Thursday evening, Deitch Projects hosted a conversation featuring Kiki Smith (Season Two), alongside Ann Messner and Swoon. The talk was held at Deitch Studios in Long Island City, NY, the location of a new massive installation by Swoon titled Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea. It is also the site of Swoon’s recent performance featuring several crafted mid-sized boating vessels designed by the artist, which set sail down the East River, eventually docking at Deitch Studios. A crowd of hundreds welcomed the ships and the combined crew of 40 on opening night, as the band Dark, Dark, Dark played in the middle of an excited crowd.
The conversation was moderated by Carlo McCormick, a critic, curator, and the Senior Editor of Paper Magazine, who also conducted a brief interview with Kiki Smith for the Journal of Contemporary Art.
In addition to the conversation, selections from Todd Chandler’s upcoming film FLOOD, shot aboard several of the Switchback Sea vessels, was screened.