Christine sun kim artist header 6
Art Inspection

Show & Tell with Artist Christine Sun Kim

Last week, the artist Christine Sun Kim was in New York for the launch of her public artwork “Too Much Future” now occupying the Whitney Museum’s billboard space on Gansevoort Street near the southern entrance of the High Line Park. The commission puts Kim in impressive company among some of the more acclaimed artists working today, including Alex Katz, Do Ho Suh, and Njideka Akunyili Crosby, but Kim is unique among this group of artists for her focus on sound, which is grounded in her experience and perspective of being deaf since birth. Kim’s work yields revelatory insights into the power and politics of sound that are easily (and often) overlooked by those of us who take it for granted. If the idea of a deaf artist working in the field of sound strikes you as contradictory, it shouldn’t. Engaging with Kim in person, one quickly becomes aware of how sound shapes pretty much every aspect of human life and interaction. Rather than having Kim explain her work, we wanted to capture a bit of her effervescent, straight-up hilarious personality. Over breakfast at The Standard Grill and beyond, we peppered her with questions, to which she responded with characteristic humor, a quality that belies the forcefulness and determination of her explorations. 


You just had a baby. How do you balance being a mom and an artist?

Christine sun kim artist whitney ma

Got a message for our president?

Christine sun kim artist whitney trump

What's your skincare secret?

Christine sun kim artist whitney skincare

Tell us a fun fact.

Christine sun kim artist whitney burned

Show us your favorite tattoo.

Christine sun kim artist whitney tattoo

You live in Berlin now. What are Germans like?

Christine sun kim artist whitney ze germans

How does it feel to be back in New York?

Christine sun kim artist whitney horsey

How do you get your best ideas?

Christine sun kim artist whitney thinking

How are you preparing for your performance/lecture at the Whitney tomorrow?

Christine sun kim artist whitney pumping iron
Christine sun kim artist whitney talk

What’s a skill that every artist should have?

Christine sun kim artist whitney balls

What do you see?

Christine sun kim artist billboard view

How does it feel to have your work blown up billboard size?

Christine sun kim artist whitney too much future

Contributors

Related Stories

Book Now