Irene Hsiao

2020–2021 Artist In Residence

The Artist in Residence program was developed by the Public Practice team during the disruptive year of 2020 in response to an urgent need to connect with artists, art, and the public during the pandemic. Through this program we invite innovative Chicago artists to create new works inspired by our exhibitions to rethink the Smart Museum’s commitment to radical hospitality and close engagement with our public. Our first Artist in Residence is Irene Hsiao, who creates dance and performance through object-driven inquiry with museum spaces, exhibitions, and artworks, a process she first developed at the Smart.

As the inaugural Artist in Residence at the Smart Museum of Art, she will create new works inspired by 2020 and 2021 exhibitions. Irene Hsiao and these projects are supported by the 2020 Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist program.


Top: Irene Hsiao & Bravais Lattice, Vessel (still), 2021. Artwork: Giovan Gioseffo dal Sole, Judith with the Head of Holofernes (detail), c. 1695, Oil on canvas.