Sunday, January 13, 2008

Allison Smith Talks About Sculpture

Get a chance to hear what Allison Smith has in mind for a major sculpture project this spring with students and faculty at the Herron School of Art and Design of Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis. The artist will talk about her plans at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (15 January) in the school's Basile Auditorium, and the results will be part of "On Procession" at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in May. Smith, a Brooklyn-based artist, is interested in the notion of "authentic reproductions", that is, contemporary objects or tableaux that conjure historical aesthetics and episodes. Smith was born in Manassas, Virginia in 1972. She received a BA in psychology from the New School for Social Research (1995), a BFA from Parsons School of Design (1995), and an MFA from Yale University School of Art (1999). In 2005, Smith created an outdoor public art event on Governors Island in New York known as The Muster (photo, above right), which centered on the question "What are you fighting for?" and included soapbox speeches, magic shows and more.

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