Laura Kimpton with Jeff Schombert (based San Francisco, CA)

Laura Kimpton with Jeff Schombert (based San Francisco, CA) (HM26FC)

Location: Washington, DC 20006
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N 38° 54.085', W 77° 2.514'

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XOXO 2017

—steel & LEDs, Courtesy of the Artist —

Kimpton is best known for her monumental word sculptures, which she has been bringing to Burning Man since 2009. Kimpton often covers these works with laser-cut birds, a motif she uses to represent freedom from the weight of our words and thoughts. In addition to conveying this universal message, the sculptures have an intimate dimension for Kimpton, who confronts personal issues in her work ranging from her severe dyslexia to the death of her father, the hotelier Bill Kimpton, in 2002. The artist's works have earned her six Burning Man Honorarium Grants, solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, and commissions and permanent installations in cities around the world.

Artist Laura Kimpton works primarily in painting, mixed-media installation, and sculpture. She received a B.A. in Art Education from the University of Iowa in 1986, a B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1989, and a M.A. in Psychology from the University of San Francisco in 1994. In her work, Kimpton draws from this multifaceted background to question traditional views on social interaction and search for revelatory forms of communication.

The placement of these outdoor sculptures and related programming are made possible by the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District in collaboration with the Renwick

Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Support is provided by Lyft.

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From the Desert to DC

This sculpture is one of six outdoor installations presented as part of No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, a takeover of the entire Renwick Gallery that extends into the Golden Triangle neighborhood.

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HM NumberHM26FC
Year Placed2018
Placed BySmithsonian Institution, Renwick Gallery Smithsonian American Art Museum, Golden Triangle, Lyft
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Date Added Friday, March 30th, 2018 at 7:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 322935 N 4307818
Decimal Degrees38.90141667, -77.04190000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 54.085', W 77° 2.514'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 54' 5.1000000000001" N, 77° 2' 30.84" W
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