Kiki Smith in Perhaps the Truth

Ballroom Marfa, Texas
October 4, 2023 – March 30, 2024

The works in the exhibition Perhaps the Truth suggest that the truth is not a fixed or absolute concept, but rather something that is shaped by experiences and shifting perceptions. Perhaps the Truth is inspired by the writings of Wallace Stevens (1879–1955) and the late painter and poet Jesse Murry (1948–1993). 

The exhibition title directly comes from a line in Stevens’s long-form poem Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction (1942): “Perhaps / The truth depends on a walk around a lake.” The act of walking around the lake, like the process of making and viewing work, leads to various interpretations of truths and helps us make sense of the world and our place within it. Influenced by Stevens’s poetry, Murry also believed in painting as a “supreme fiction”–– through acts of disbelief and imagination can we save ourselves. He writes, “What has prompted this effort toward humanity is a necessary belief in art’s saving powers of address.”