A Different Sort of Repeating
Allison Smith is a visual artist who engages with objects and themes from throughout American history—Civil War reenactments, quilting, and colonial furniture have all played a role in recent projects. Her works layer historical and contemporary elements of craft, activism, and social practice to investigate American identity and patriotism. Smith teaches at California College of the Arts where she is Chair of the Sculpture Department. She is represented by Haines Gallery in San Francisco.
Smith has produced over twenty-five solo exhibitions, installations, performances, and artist-led participatory projects for venues such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Public Art Fund, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, among many others. She has exhibited her work in group exhibitions at galleries and museums including P.S.1/MoMA, Palais de Tokyo, the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, MASS MoCA, and The Tang Museum. Her work is held in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Saatchi Gallery London, Linda Pace Foundation, and many other public and private collections worldwide.
Allison Smith, Ghost Photography Skansen Revisited, 1891-1981, 2015. Archival inkjet on linen, pine, wrought iron hook by Bosse Persson, wrought iron nail by Carina Nolåkers, besom broom by Unknown, shearling slippers by Eva Samuelsson. Courtesy of the artist, Haines Gallery, and Signal Center for Contemporary Art