The Whitney is closed in preparation for the opening of our new building downtown in spring 2015.Explore the building
Support the Whitney
Become a founding member today.Join now
Kate Gilmore’s work explores themes of displacement, struggle, and female identity. She is the sole protagonist in her performative videos, in which she attempts to conquer self-constructed obstacles.
For this work, Gilmore’s obstacle is a tall column made of sheetrock which she tries to climb by kicking and punching holes into its walls. As in most of her work, Gilmore’s attire is at odds with the brute physical labor she performs. She works through the limitations imposed by her feminine clothing—high-heels and a polka-dot dress—with sheer muscle power and desperate determination. Shot in one take, the outcome of her endeavor is unknown before the performance begins. Gilmore’s tragicomic displays posit physical situations as metaphors for conflicts and social obstacles women face today.
Marilyn Minter Interviews Kate Gilmore
—Creative Times (Summer 2009)
Introducing: Kate Gilmore
—Modern Painters (March 2009)
Goings on About Town: Kate Gilmore
—The New Yorker (January 2009)
Art in Review; Kate Gilmore
—New York Times (January 2009)
The Listings; Kate Gilmore
—NY Times (November 2006)