Barbara T. Smith was born in Pasadena July 6, 1931. She studied art and comparative religions at Pomona College ’53 and got her MFA in ’71 from UC Irvine. As a founder of performance art, her early pieces took place in homes, on streets & beaches. She has been represented in historic survey exhibitions including “Whatever Happened to Sex in Scandanavia?” at Office for Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway (09); “WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution” (traveling exhibition 08’- 09’); “LA to Paris – 1955 – 1985” at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (06’); and “Out of Actions Between Performance and the Object, 1949-1979” at MOCA Los Angeles (98’).
The artist was recently included in several major exhibitions as part of Pacific Standard Time series organized by the Getty throughout 2011-2012 including the solo exhibition, “The Radicalization of a 50’s Housewife”, at UC Irvine and group exhibitions at the Orange County Museum of Art, UC Berkeley Museum; MOCA Los Angeles; 18th Street Art Gallery; Laguna Art Museum; and Pasadena Museum of California Art.
Smith has had recent solo exhibitions at The Box Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Galerie Parisa Kind, Frankfurt, Germany; and Maccarone Gallery, New York, NY. Her work has been reviewed in publications such as the Los Angeles Times; New York Times; Frieze; Art in America; Artforum; Flash Art; Spike; High Performance; Der Lowe; Die Lowen; Avalanche; among others.
The artist is represented by The Box Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.