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Barbara T. Smith papers, 1927-2012, undated, bulk 1948-2012

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Smith (Barbara T.) papers

Title: Barbara T. Smith papers
Dates: 1927-2012, undated, bulk 1948-2012
Number: 2014.M.14
Creator/Collector: Smith, Barbara Turner
Extent: 185.6 Linear Feet (360 boxes, 9 flatfiles)
Abstract: Barbara Turner Smith (American, born 1931) is one of the most influential figures in the history of performance and feminist art in Southern California. Her work – which has taken the varied forms of painting, drawing, installation, video, performance, and artists' books, and often involves her own body – explores concepts that strike at the core of human nature, including male and female sexuality, physical and spiritual sustenance, ecology, technology, and death. The archive, which offers an exceptionally rich resource for Smith's highly personal artistic practice, contains 160 diaries, 54 sketchbooks, hundreds of drawings, more than 850 vintage prints, thousands of negatives and contact sheets, approximately 90 films and 1100 audio and video tapes, in addition to all the notes, plans, and archival records related to her artistic projects from her student days forward. The archive encompasses not only Smith's career as an artist, but also her work as a writer, teacher, and advocate of the arts in Los Angeles.
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Language: Collection material is primarily in English with some material in other languages.
Repository: The Getty Research Institute
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Author: Pietro Rigolo


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