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Taking place in the offsite venue of the Light House Cinema, IMMA is delighted to present renowned artist Kim Gordon in conversation with Irish writer, editor and freelance broadcaster Sinéad Gleeson. Together they will discuss the making and thinking behind Gordon’s exciting new solo exhibition at IMMA, She bites her tender mind, opening on Saturday 27 July 2019.

Kim Gordon is widely known for embodying a strong feminist, punk-pop engagement with contemporary art, cultural theory and musical subcultures. With a career spanning more than three decades, Gordon is one of the most prolific and ground-breaking artists working today since her art school beginnings and co-founding the influential band Sonic Youth in 1981 in NYC.

To mark the opening of Gordon’s exhibition at IMMA the artist discusses key influences of her ground-breaking, multi-disciplinary practice, as a visual artist, critic, musician, writer and performer. This conversation offers the rare chance to gain insight into the political, personal and creative energies of Gordon’s extraordinary career. The ideas, methods and collaborations that consistently overlay her prolific work will be addressed; firmly placing Gordon as a strong female voice and true innovator in the field of art and music.

About the Artist

Kim Gordon b.1953

Kim Gordon studied at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles in the late 1970s and has continued to work as an artist since. Her first solo exhibition presented under the name ‘Design Office’ took place at New York’s White Columns in 1981.
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About the Speaker

Sinéad Gleeson is a writer and editor whose essays have appeared in Granta, Winter Papers, Gorse and Banshee. Her short stories have been published in the anthologies Looking at the Stars, The Broken Spiral, Repeal the 8th and Being Various: New Irish Writing (Faber, May 2019). She is the editor of three short story anthologies, including The Long Gaze Back: an Anthology of Irish Women Writers (2015) and The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland (2016), both of which won Best Irish Published Book at the Irish Book Awards. The Art of the Glimpse: 100 Irish Short Stories will be published in 2020 by Head of Zeus. Her debut collection of essays, Constellations: Reflections from Life was published by Picador in 2019, and focuses on the body, illness, motherhood, art and writing. She is the 2019 Writer-in Residence at University College, Dublin, where she teaches creative writing and is working on a novel. See more details here.

Ticket and Venue Details

This is a ticketed event, a booking fee of €8.00 applies. Concession and IMMA Members €3.50. All tickets holders must bring booked ticket/s and valid ID if applicable to gain entry. Doors open at 12.45. Last admittance is at 12.55 /Doors close at 13.00.

Please note this talk is presented by IMMA and takes place at an offsite location of the Light House Cinema – Screen 2, Smithfield, Dublin 7.

Additional Resources 


Additional Resources

Artist Conversation: Kim Gordon and Sinéad Gleeson Soundcloud

Important Notice


We would like to advise our visitors that our Main Reception area is closed for renovation from 22 April until mid-June.  A temporary reception is open on the ground floor next to the original main entrance. While we prepare to open our next exhibition Hilary Heron: A Retrospective on 24 May, there are two exhibitions to see Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s gardens and café are open to the public.