Barbara T. Smith

Barbara T. Smith

Born in Pasadena, California, 1931
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA


1969-1971      University of California, Irvine
1965              Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA (Emerson Woelfer, Conner Everts)
1949-1953      Pomona College, Claremont, CA, Cum Laude

Select Solo Exhibitions


ICA LA, Los Angeles, CA

The Way to Be, Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

The 21st Century Odyssey, The Box, Los Angeles, CA

Just Passing, organized by Lisa Williamson, Tif Sigfrids, Athens, GA
Outside Chance, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY

Words, Sentences & Signs, The Box, Los Angeles, CA

The Smell of Almonds: Resin Works, 1968 - 1982, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY

Frieze Art Fair, exhibited by The Box, London, UK (Winner of the Frieze Stand Prize)

Xerox: Barbara T. Smith, 1965 – 1966, The Box, Los Angeles, CA

The Radicalizations of a '50s Housewife, University Art Gallery, University of California Irvine, CA

Old Shoes: Performance Relics, 1968 – 1975, The Box, Los Angeles, CA
Barbara T. Smith: Early Performances, 1969-1976,</em > Galerie Parisa Kind, Frankfurt, Germany

Barbara T. Smith: Early Work, Galerie Parisa Kind, Frankfurt, Germany

Barbara T. Smith, 1965-1972, Maccarone, New York, NY

Remnants, 1965 - 1972, The Box, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

The 21st Century Odyssey Part II: The Performances of Barbara T. Smith, </em >Pomona College Museum of Art, Pomona, CA and Kennedy Museum of Art, Ohio University, Athens, OH

Making Book, Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA 

Blue Shards, The Living Room, Santa Monica, CA   

This Is It, Glenmoore Guest House, Dharamsala, India

Bottom Line. Highways, Santa Monica, CA 

Ground Zero, SPARC (Social Public Art Resource Center), Venice, CA
The Pageant of the Holy Squash: Creche, </em >Fashion Moda, Bronx, NY

A Meeting Ground, Peppers Art Gallery, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA

Hunab Ku, Private home, San Francisco, CA

Council of Elders, AAA Gallery, Michael Salerno, Los Angeles, CA

Tree, Council, Template, Capp Street Project, San Francisco, CA

Static Art by Performance Artists, ESPACE DBD/Rachel Rosenthal Company, Los Angeles, CA

PUBLIC SPIRIT/LIVE ART Los Angeles Exhibitions: 
The Perpetual Napkin,</em > Vanguard Gallery
Piercing the Corporate Veil, American Hotel Gallery

Dimensions, Gerard John Hayes Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Retrospective exhibition curated by Moira Roth, Mandeville Gallery, University of California, San Diego, CA
Xerox Works,</em > University Art Gallery, University of California Irvine, CA

Field Piece, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Field Piece,</em > F-Space Gallery, Santa Ana, CA
Celebration of the Holy Squash,</em > University Art Gallery, University of California Irvine, CA

Homage for Mark Rothko, University Art Gallery, University of California, Irvine, CA

YWCA, Pasadena, CA (sponsored by the Pasadena Art Museum)

Auguste Gallery, Pasadena, CA


Group Exhibitions


Craft & Conceptual Art: Reshaping the Legacy of Artists’ Books, curated by Megan Liberty, Center for Book Arts, NY (traveling exhibition: San Francisco Center for Book Arts; Minnesota Center for Book Arts)
Coded: Art Enters the Computer Age, 1952-1982, curated by Leslie Jones, LACMA, Los Angeles, CA

how we are in time and space: Nany Buchanan, Marcia Hafif, Barbara T. Smith, curated by Michael Ned Holte, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
Let Me Talk, Brand Library & Art Center, Los Angeles, CA

Holy Squash, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Red Wedding, RUSCHMAN, Chicago, IL

Open House: Elliott Hundley, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Pond and Waterfall, co-organized with Julia Trotta, The Gallery @ Michael’s, Santa Monica, CA
Artists and Their Books / Books and Their Artists</em >, the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA
Mother – Portraits in Petri Dishes</em >, Los Angeles, CA

Experiments in Electrostatics: Photocopy Art from the Whitney's Collection, 1966 - 1986</em >, Whitney American Museum of Art, New York, NY
Impermanence, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Prospect 2017, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
56 Artillery Lane
, Raven Row, London, UK
Physical Mind Restless Hands
, organized by Benedicte Gyldenstierne Sehested, Micky Schubert, Berlin, Germany
Chapters: Book Arts in Southern California</em >, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Still Life with Fish: Photography from the Collection, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
impromptu, The Box, Los Angeles, CA

, Yale Union, Portland, OR
A Performative Trigger: Radicals of Irvine</em >, curated by Juli Carson and Marilyn Nix, University Art Gallery, University of California, Irvine, CA
Drawing in L.A.: The 1960s and 70s, </em >LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Los Angeles, CA
Columbidae,</em > Cell Project Space, London, UK
Independent art fair, exhibited by The Box, New York, NY
In Search of an Exit (or Eight Characters in a Parlor)</em >, USC Roski School of Art And Design at the Heritage Square Museum, Los Angeles, CA
University of Bakersfield, CA

A Machinery For Living organized by Walead Beshty, Petzel, New York, NY
Another Cats Show, 356 Mission, Los Angeles, CA
Great Expectations</em >, Home of Daniel Milewski and Nina Johnson-Milewski, Gallery Diet, Miami, FL

State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970, Bronx Museum, New York; Smart Museum, University of Chicago, IL
This Side of the 405</em > (featuring Hot Peppers), Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College, Los Angeles, CA
Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
Abstraction (Sound and Vision), California State University, Bakersfield, CA

Painting, The Box, Los Angeles, CA
re.act.feminism #2 - A Performing Archive,</em > Museet for Samtidskunst / Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark
The Historical Box, Hauser & Wirth, London, UK 
Print Imprint, Actual Size LA, Los Angeles, CA
re.act.feminism #2 - A Performing Archive,</em > Fundación Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, Spain

State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970, </em >Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
The Historical Box, </em >Hauser & Wirth, Zurich, Switzerland 
Best Kept Secret: UCI and the Development of Contemporary Art in Southern California, 1964 - 1971, </em >Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA 
Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974 - 1981,</em > MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974 - 1981,</em > The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA

Installations Inside/Out, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution,</em > MoMA PS1, New York City, NY
Whatever Happened to Sex in Scandinavia,</em > OCA (Office for Contemporary Art), Oslo, Norway 

WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
Into Me, Out of Me,</em > MACRO Testaccio (MACRO Future), Rome, Italy
WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution,</em > The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA
Multiple Vantage Points: Southern California Women Artists, 1980 - 2006,</em > Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Art Since the ‘60s’: California Experiments, </em >OCMA (Orange County Museum of Art), Newport Beach, CA
Maternal Metaphors,</em > Kennedy Museum of Art, Ohio University, Athens, OH 
Passions de l’ete pour l’hiver,</em > FRAC des Pays de la Loire, France 

Renegades 25 Years of Performance at Exit Art, Exit Art, New York City, NY
Into Me / Out of Me, Kunst-Werke Berlin, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
Into me / Out of Me,</em > MoMA PS1, New York, NY
Los Angeles 1955 - 1985: The Birth of an Art Capital,</em > Centre Pompidou, Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris, France

CoCA Annual 2005, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA
Incognito,</em > Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
Joe Goode’s Fire Sale, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

Seeking Eden, Crazy Space, 18th Street Arts Center, Pasadena, CA
High Performance: The First 5 Years, 1978 - 1982 c</em >urated by Jenni Sorkin, LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), Los Angeles, CA

Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna, Austria
My Brother's Image,</em > Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki, Greece
Parallels & Intersections: Art/Women/California, 1950-2000,</em > San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
High Performance: The First 5 Years, 1978 - 1982,</em > George J. Doizaki Gallery, Dai Shikishi, JACCC, Los Angeles, CA

Made in California: Art/Image & Identity, 1900 - 2000, </em >LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Los Angeles, CA

BroadCast, Eagle Rock Cultural Center, Eagle Rock, CA
Radical Past: Contemporary Art & Music in Pasadena, 1960 - 1974, </em >The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
To See Again,</em > Collaboration with Anna Pomaska, 18th Street Arts Complex, Los Angeles, CA

Out of Actions: Between Performance & the Object, 1947 - 1979, </em >MOCA, Los Angeles, CA; MAK-Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria. (Tours MACBA, Barcelona, Spain and Tokyo, Japan)
Art & Nature,</em > Rico Gallery Inc., Santa Monica, CA

Better With Age, Highways Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Dreams of Life and Death, The Living Room, Santa Monica, CA

The Art Embodied, MAC Galleries Contemporaines des Musees de Marseille, Marseille, France    
Photo Odyssey,</em > Margaret Crow Gallery, Pasadena, CA  
The Woman's Eye,</em > Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena, CA  

Endurance, Exit Art , New York City, NY

Who Are We? Where Do We Come From? Where Are We Going? </em >(with Hirokazu Kosaka; includes collaborations with S. Pinkel, J. Williamson, G. Cowan, S. Stuart, U. Birkoff), The New Gallery, 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA

Go Down Stairs Diagonally, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Amazing Decade Revisited,</em > 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA

Modern Buddhist Art II, Hofheim, West Germany   
Visiting Faculty Show, Hopkins Gallery, Ohio State University, OH
Nomadic, Sullivant Hall, Ohio State University, OH

A Delicate Balance: Technics, Culture & Consequences,</em > California State University, Los Angeles, CA
Making Their Mark: Women Artists move into the Mainstream, 1970 - 1985,</em > Cincinnatti Art Museum, OH (traveling to New Orleans Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, and rc drone the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts)

Art At Pomona, 1887-1987, Montgomery Gallery, Pomona College, Claremont, CA
The Goddess: Life, Death and Transformation,</em > SPARC (Social Public Art Resource Center), Los Angeles, CA

A Southern California Collection, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
California Book Works: The Last Five Years,</em > Otis College, Los Angeles, CA; Parsons, New York, NY
Pacific Oaks School Benefit Exhibit and Auction, Pacific Oaks Art Museum, Pasadena, CA

LACE Open Studio Tour
End of the Rainbow, SPARC (Social Public Art Resource Center), Los Angeles, CA

Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA

Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Tortue Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

A Decade of Women's Performance, Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA
Dirty Pictures, Exile, Los Angeles, CA
The Art of The Woman's Building, Artemesia Gallery, Chicago, IL
The Art of The Woman's Building, The Woman's Building, Los Angeles, CA

1979 - 1981 
Electroworks, George Eastman House and Xerox Corporation, Rochester, NY

100+: Current Directions in Contemporary Art, </em >LAICA (Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art), Los Angeles, CA
Only Women Bleed,</em > LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), Los Angeles, CA

Visions, Dreams, Illusions, University of California, Davis, CA
The Artist's Book, University of California, San Diego, CA
Bookworks, Mills College, Oakland, CA
Art Stories, Libra Gallery, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA 

The Great Egg Sale, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA

The Irvine Milieu, La Jolla Museum, San Diego, CA
UCI: The First Decade, University Art Gallery, University of California, Irvine, CA
Pasadena in L.A.,</em > California State University, Los Angeles, CA

The Floating Wall Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
Art and Technology,</em > California Institute of Technology, CA

Newspace Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
Conceptual Art Show,</em > Libra Gallery, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA
Museum of Drawers,</em > Berne, Switzerland

Small Image Show, California State University, Los Angeles, CA
Books from Southern California, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA
The Last Plastics Show,</em > California Institute of the Arts, Santa Clarita, CA
21 Artists, Visible-Invisible,</em > LBMA (Long Beach Museum of Art), Long Beach, CA
New Art from Orange County,</em > Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA
Survivors '72,</em > Henry Gallery, University Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Graduate Exhibition, University of California, Irvine, CA

How the West was Won, Fresno State College, Fresno, CA

Drawing and Performance, USC E.A.T. SHOW, University of California, Irvine, CA
Small Image Show, California State University, Los Angeles, CA
Scratch, Pacific Oaks School Benefit, Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA
Inaugural Exhibition, F-Space Gallery, Santa Ana, CA

Easter Event, Brookside Park, Pasadena, CA

People Who Should Be Seen, LACMA Rental Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Solo Performances

"Wresting" Step and Repeat, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

“Hold Your Mud, L.A.”,Highways, Santa Monica, CA.                  

“A  Meditation on Time”, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio  

“A  Meditation on Time”, UCSD Memorial for Allan Kaprow       

“A  Meditation on Time”, Ohio University, Athens, OH                 

“A  Meditation on Time”, Pomona College Museum of Art           

“Making Book” residency & performance, Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA      

“Kaleidoscope” with 7 older women artists,  UCLA Hammer Museum. WCA: BOLD, YOUNG &OLD: WOMEN IN THE ARTS


“Am I Blue?”, Crazy Space, Santa Monica 

“The Runaway”, Side Street LIVE, L.A.       

"The Witness", The Armory, Pasadena RADICAL PAST: CONTEMPORARY ART & MUSIC IN PASADENA 1960-74.

Fais Do-do, L.A "Into the Red" Dinner event for Beyond the Pink Festival artists/ MOCA show

"Tales of the Odyssey" with Anna Pomaska, Margaret Crow Gallery, Pasadena, CA

"Odysseus Blind Date" with Biosphere2 & ECI, Gronland Grenhus, Oslo, Norway       

"21st Century Odyssey World Report", 911 Video art space                                            
Women's Caucus For Art Convention, Seattle            

"Valentine's to Biosphere2 & ECI" , San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA (Work shop)           

"World Report from the 21st Century Odyssey", Electronic Cafe International (ECI)    

"This Is My Calling,” Bluff- Above Sydney and Resource Center, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

ECI "Fundraising Superbowl"    

"Love and Other Pressing Issues", Ocean Park Beach and Electronic Cafe Int.             

"Improper Meditations" with Roy Walford, Highways, Santa Monica, CA.                     
"Communications Practicum 101", Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. 

"Big Bang", Wexner Center for  Visual Arts, OSU.      

"Parallel Journeys I & II", Biosphere 2, Oracle, AZ.     

"Ground Zero", SPARC, Venice, CA.         

"Pageant of the Holy Squash:  Creche", Fashion Moda, Bronx, NY.              

"Pageant of the Holy Squash:  Ceremony", Streets of the Bronx and Harlem, NY.

"The Cauldron", BTS Garden, Venice, CA 

"The Cauldron", University of Victoria, British Columbia.            

"Sheer Cliffs and Natural Bridges", University of Wisconsin, Madison.        

"Sheer Cliffs and Natural Bridges", School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Randolph Street Gallery.

"Transmission" (performance for video) w/Liz Rymland,  Lhasa Club, Los Angeles.    

"Rainbow Bleed", UCLA Student Committee for the Arts series, ACTIVE MODERN WOMEN IN THE ARTS

"Winter Solstice Ritual", Zuma Beach, CA.                 

“Tree” installation, Capp St. Project, San Francisco.  

"Council" (a community ceremony)

"Template" (three-week ceremonial retreat)

"Shatterhouse", Space Available, Denver.  

"Food", Center for Idea Art, Denver.           

"Conjuring the Crone", Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara.              

"So What's That About", Metropolis, Los Angeles.      

"One Mind", Dorland Mountain Colony, Temecula, CA.               

"1,000 Small Fires", Berlin, West Germany.               

"Quintessential Mu" , The House, Santa Monica.        

"Mother/Me", Malibu, CA.          

"Birthdaze"m Tortue Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.  Including Victor Henderson, Allan Kaprow, Paul McCarthy, Kim Jones              

“Winter Solstice Ritual for Susanna Dakin”, private Malibu residence          

"Luck be a Lady", Espace DBD, Los Angeles.              

"The Perpetual Napkin", University of Chicago Renaissance Society & Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago            

“Visual Fundamentals”, UCLA/ Performance class    

"Watching Her Go", Rosebud Hall, Pasadena. (memorial for Margaret Turner)

"It's Either Him or Me”, Artist's Studio, with Allan Kaprow, Dick Kilgroe, and Ed Miller.                

"A Negotiation", Chapman College.                              

"Nada, Nada, Nada", Franklin Furnace, New York, NY.               

"The Round Table", UCSD conference, THE USE OF THEATER IN ART AND EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC.                  
"Ordinary Life, Part II", 80 Langton Street, San Francisco.            

"Ordinary Life, Part I", LAICA, Los Angeles, CA          

“The Absent Lover”, Cal State Dominguez Hills          

"Personal Attraction", Judaeca, Venice, Italy.               

"The Cloistered Study", Johnston College. 

"Hey Big Brother, One at a Time", Johnston College. 

"I Am Not Lost but Hidden", Johnston College.            

"A Week in the Life of . . ." a performance auction. Pasadena Artists' Concern Gallery.                                    

"Scan I", Grandview I & II Galleries, The Woman's Building, Los Angeles   

"Full Jar Empty Jar", UCSD, San Diego, CA              

"I Am the Medium", Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles.     

"Cross Fire", ARTISTS & ADVOCATES BALL, Los Angeles.                       

"Intimations of Immortality", Grandview I & II Galleries, The Woman's Building, Los Angeles.      

"The Longest Day of Night", Artist's Studio.                 

"Pure Food", Costa Mesa, CA.  

"Sometimes You Don't Have to Do Anything", Loguidice Gallery, New York, NY.         

"Suspension", California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA          

"Trajectory", Laguna Beach, CA.                 

"Morning Watch" (for Moira Roth), Newport Beach, CA.             

"Guerrilla Capers" Selected sites, Los Angeles, CA.  

"The Fisherman IS the Fish" (catalog), F-Space Gallery, Santa Ana, sponsored by the Newport Harbor Art Museum.  

"Nude Frieze", F-Space Gallery, Santa Ana, CA         

"Light Watch"/ “Field Piece” w/ talk by Dr. H. Arp, camera, F-Space Gallery and Newport Beach marshland.                

"Celebration of the Holy Squash" (with installation), UCI             
"White Meal for Wesley Duke Lee", Newport Beach, CA.                              

"Freeway Map", U.S. Mail.        

"Assignments", Jack Glenn Gallery, Corona Del Mar, CA.          

"Fire Rings" (part I of a triptych), Newport Beach, CA.
"Mass Meal" (part II of a triptych), Artist's Studio.       

"Plots" (part III of a triptych), Selected sites, CA.                                             
"The Masked God", The Walrus, Venice, CA.

"Ritual Meal", Home of Stanley and Elyse Grinstein, Los Angeles.                

Select Collections

Los Angeles Country Museum of Art
Armand Hammer Museum of Art, UCLA
J. Paul Getty Museum
California Institude of the Arts
Otis College of Art & Design
Pomona College Museum of Art
Frac des pays de la Loire, Carquefou, France
Archives of the Venice Biennale
Cornell University, Herbert F. Johnson Museum

May 14 2019pdflink

When Barbara T. Smith Traveled the World, Casting Herself as Modern-Day Odysseus


May 15, 2019

by Matt Stromberg

Jan 1 2017pdflink

Artforum review: Barbara T. Smith


January 2017

by Suzanne Hudson

Nov 26 2016pdflink

15 New Dealers to Watch at Art Basel at Miami Beach

Artsy Editorial

by Demie Kim

Oct 22 2016pdflink

Feminist artist Barbara T. Smith explores Language and Human Nature at The Box

Art and Cake

Baha H. Danesh

Oct 14 2016pdflink

Artforum Critics' Picks: Words, Sentences & Signs


Critics' Picks, Los Angeles

by Andy Campbell

Sep 28 2016link

Barbara T. Smith 'Words, Sentences & Signs' on ArtAddict

Sep 13 2016link

ArtRx LA - Barbara T. Smith 'Words, Sentences & Signs'

by Matt Stromberg

May 26 2016pdflink

Art Versus Archive

The Getty Iris

by Pietro Rigolo

May 26, 2016

link here

Oct 14 2015pdflink

The Roots of Radical Art at UCI


by Liz Goldner

Nov 1 2015pdflink

UC Irvine exhibit captures a significant, homegrown period in art history

Los Angeles Times

by Richard Chang

May 30 2015pdflink

Barbara T. Smith | W Magazine

Published in W Magazine

By Linda Yablonsky

Oct 23 2014pdf

Fair Grounds: This month, the SoCal names on the art world's lips have one thing in common: They'll all be at Frieze London

C Magazine

by Melissa Goldstein

Oct 22 2014pdflink

Frieze London Final Recap



Oct 20 2014link

Highlights from Frieze London, Where New and Old Commingle

New York Times

by Kevin McGarry

Dec 12 2013pdf

Barbara T. Smith's Feed Me was featured in

By Susannah Worth.

Saatchi Gallery Magazine #24, published Winter 2013. 

Mar 19 2013pdflink

Barbara T. Smith: Cheek To Glass, Electric Impressions of the Material Body

By Danielle McCullough
Art:21 Blog; Looking at Los Angeles 
19 March 2013

Mar 7 2013pdflink

Mother of Invention

By Cindy Rehm
7 March 2013

Mar 1 2013pdflink

Review: Barbara T. Smith's photocopies reveal artist in transition

By Sharon Mizota
The Los Angeles Times
1 March 2013

Feb 26 2013link

Must See: XEROX: 1965-1966 Barbara T. Smith at The Box

"XEROX: Barbara T. Smith 1965 - 1966" at The Box is currently featured on's "Must-See Shows" list, a selection of essential exhibitions worldwide.

For more information, please visit artofrum's guide here

Feb 19 2013pdflink

XEROX: 1965-1966 Barbara T. Smith at The Box

By Marilyn Nix
19 February 2013

Feb 16 2013pdf

Xerox Prints 1964-1965: The History of the Books

By Barbara T. Smith
1964 - 1965


Mar 1 2012link

Barbara T. Smith, A Southern California Collection or (Rope Book)

Barbara T. Smith

A Southern California Collection or (Rope Book), 1971

Video reference of printed catalogue of Barbara T. Smith’s performative documentation of a road trip. Exhibited as part of Print Imprint, a two-part exhibition held in partnership with Cirrus Gallery for Pacific Standard Time.

Video courtesy of Actual Size Los Angeles.



Sep 22 2011link

Barbara T. Smith: How Divorce Causes Performance Art

By Barbara T Smith
LA Weekly
22 September 2011

Mar 3 2010pdflink


By Sonia Campagnola
Flash Art
Issue 271, March - April 2010
Jan 16 2010link

Barbara T. Smith dialogue, The Box, January 16, 2010

By Ulysses Ronquillo
19 January 2010

Dec 16 2009link

Barbara T. Smith: “Old Shoes: Performance Relics 1968-1975” at The Box

By Christopher Miles
LA Weekly
16 December 2009

Nov 21 2009pdf

Old Shoes: Performance Relics 1968-1975 Performance Descriptions

By Barbara T. Smith
Exhibition Documents: Performance Descriptions
21 November 2009

Feb 29 2008pdflink

BARBARA T. SMITH at Maccarone

By Roberta Smith
The New York Times
29 February 2008

May 9 2023

Artist Walkthrough with Barbara T. Smith, Nancy Buchanan, Hal Glicksman

Artist Walkthrough 
with Barbara T. Smith, Nancy Buchanan, and Hal Glicksman
featuring works by Chris Burden, James Rosenquist, Kim Jones, and more!
Thursday, May 11, 2023
6 PM 

at The Box LA


Please join us for the Final Week of Barbara T. Smith with Friends "Treasures". 


With the work of over 20 artists including Smith, "Treasures" offers a rare glimpse into an artist's practice of holding and discarding. With some works stored over 50 years, "Treasures" is a dedication to the safeguarding of Smith's work and her legacy as revealed through the exchanges, ephemera, and work of her friends such as Chris Burden, James Rosenquist, Kim Jones, and others part of this seminal exhibition. Vitrines in the space will be open for this intimate walkthrough. 


Please join us at 6PM, May 11. No RSVP necessary.  

Jul 14 2018

Barbara T. Smith at The Gallery @ Michael's

Pond and Waterfall, co-organized with Julia Trotta

Opening Saturday, July 14, 6PM - 8PM

The Gallery @ Micahel's 

Santa Monica, CA

Fia Backström, Lea Cetera, Xavier Cha, Jay DeFeo, Violet Dennison, R. M. Fischer, Ray Hamilton, Barbara Hammer, Maren Hassinger, Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann, Madeline Hollander, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Zoe Leonard, Nancy Lupo, Gloria Maximo, K.r.m. Mooney, Ulrike Müller, Barbara T. Smith, Patrick Staff, Carrie Yamaoka, and Amy Yao

Jul 20 2018

Barbara T. Smith & Andrea Bowers in conversation at Getty Research Institute

A Conversation on Artists' Books: Barbara T. Smith and Andrea Bowers

Getty Center

Friday, July 20, 2018 at 7 PM

Museum Lecture Hall

Free - tickets & information here

Jan 18 2018

Barbara T. Smith at Andrew Kreps Gallery

Opening Thursday, January 18, 2018

more here

Nov 17 2017

Barbara T. Smith at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Barbara T. Smith is in the group exhibition Experiments in Electrostatics: Photocopy Art from the Whitney’s Collection, 1966 – 1986 at the Whitney Museum of American Art opening November 17, 2017.

details here

Apr 21 2017

Barbara T. Smith in '56 Artillery Lane'

56 Artillery Lane

April 21 - June 11, 2017

at Raven Row, London, UK

Oct 14 2016

Extended Hours this weekend

The Box will have extended hours this weekend:

Friday, Oct. 14: noon - 7pm
Saturday, Oct. 15: noon - 7pm
Sunday, Oct. 16: noon - 5pm

Dec 1 2016

Art Basel Miami Beach

The Box is thrilled to be showing Barbara T. Smith at Art Basel Miami Beach, December 1-4.

Stop by The Box's booth at S12. 

Sep 22 2016

Barbara T. Smith leading exhibition walkthrough of 'Words, Sentences & Signs'

Barbara T. Smith will lead a walkthrough of her current exhibition Words, Sentences & Signs Saturday, September 24 at 4pm. 

Mar 17 2016

Barbara T. Smith at Hammer Museum

Barbara T. Smith's Black Glass Painting Photograph (1965) is featured in the Hammer Museum's current exhibition Still Life with Fish: Photography from the Collection, on view February 13 - May 15, 2016.


Oct 3 2015

Barbara T. Smith in group show 'A Performative Trigger: Radicals of Irvine'

Curated by Juli Carson and Marilyn Nix

October 3 - December 12, 2015
University Art Gallery (UAG) at UC Irvine
Opening Reception: Sat. October 3, 2-5pm


More information here:

Oct 10 2015

Barbara T. Smith in 'Mommy' at Yale Union


A group show that considers the mother, with work by Lutz Bacher, Susan Cianciolo, Sonya Hamilton, Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Eliot Porter, Aura Rosenberg, Diane Simpson, Barbara T. Smith, Frances Stark, and Rosemarie Trockel. It will also include new site-specific works by Cathy Wilkes and Anicka Yi, and a performance by Karin Schneider.

October 10–December 20, 2015
Thursday–Sunday, 3–6pm

Saturday, October 10, 4–6pm

Apr 7 2015

Barbara T. Smith in 'In Search of an Exit (or Eight Characters in a Parlor)'

USC Roski School of Art and Design and the MA in Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere program present In Search of an Exit (or Eight Characters in a Parlor), a group exhibition of time-based artworks about the human condition at the Heritage Square Museum.

In Search of an Exit (or Eight Characters in a Parlor)
Exhibition dates: April 10 – May 3, 2015
Opening reception: Tuesday April 7, 6-9pm

Mar 26 2015

Barbara T. Smith in 'Columbidae' opening at Cell Project Space

Barbara T. Smith is included in the group show 'Columbidae' curated by Laura McLean-Ferris at Cell Project Space in London. 

The exhibition runs March 26 - May 17, 2015. Other artists include Essex Olivares, Melanie Matranga, and Dena Yago. 


Find more informaiton HERE

Oct 14 2014

The Box, LA awarded Frieze London Stand Prize Winner 2014

The Box is honored to be Frieze London's Stand Prize Winner 2014, showing Barbara T. Smith's xerox work from 1965-1966. 

Sep 27 2014

Barbara T. Smith performing at MOCA

Barbara T. Smith will perform "Wrestling" this Saturday, September 27 at 6pm as part of MOCA's performance series Step and Repeat. Smith will "wrestle" anyone that comes into her room during the performance, one at a time. Preference to participants 60 and older. Don't miss this incredible opportunity!

Jul 2 2014

'A Machinery for Living' featuring Barbara T. Smith opens tonight

See Barbara T. Smith in the stunning group exhibition A Machinery for Living, which opens tonight at Petzel Gallery in New York. The show is organized by Walead Beshty and runs July 2 - August 8, 2014. 

Find more information, view images and read the full press release HERE

May 9 2014

Barbara T. Smith



More information can be found HERE

Jan 15 2014

Barbara T. Smith participating in 'Looking Back: The 8th White Columns Annual'

Barbara T. Smith is a participating artist in 'Looking Back: The Eighth White Columns Annual' running January 16 - February 22, 2014. 

Work is selected by Pati Hertling and includes a full program of performances and events that will take place during the run of the exhibition. For more information on dates and times of these performances, please visit


Dec 13 2013

Barbara T. Smith in show at Essex Street in New York

If you are in New York from now until December 22, 2013, do not miss Barbara T. Smith's work at Essex Street gallery, alongside work from John Armleder and Jessica Warboys. 


114 Eldridge Street, New York, New York 10012


Find more information on the Essex Street website: here

Dec 12 2013

Barbara T. Smith featured in Saatchi Gallery Magazine

Barbara T. Smith's Feed Me was featured in a piece for Saatchi Gallery Magazine, entitled "Recipes for Reform" written by Susannah Worth. A great read about the use of food in art "interrupts and intervenes in fundamental aspects of life and society," later becoming a crucial invitation to critical discussion men and women's models of behavior. 


Published in issue 24 of Saatchi Gallery's Art & Music Magazine, Winter 2013. PDF available here

Sep 14 2013

Barbara T. Smith: Performance Audio 1969-1988 Record Launch at Ooga Booga #2

Thursday, September 12th from 7-9 PM

Barbara T. Smith: Performance Audio 1969-1988 

Where: Ooga Booga #2, 356 S. Mission Road, LA, CA 90033

Small World is proud to announce the release of Performance Audio 1969-1988 by artist Barbara T. Smith.  Please join usThursday, September 12th from 7-9 PM at Ooga Booga #2 for a listening.   In addition, we will be screening the film Starbiker, 1971 by Mallary Slate, starring Dick Kilgroe and Barbara T. Smith at 7:30 sharp!

For More information please visit:
Performance Audio:  (Performance Audio)
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Apr 8 2013

Freeway Studies #1: This Side of the 405 opens April 13 at OTIS

Freeway Studies #1: This Side of the 405, an exhibition at Otis College of Art and Design’s Ben Maltz Gallery, begins an extensive survey of the neighborhoods and networks of Los Angeles artists. Opening Saturday, April 13, the exhibition features the work of 33 contemporary artists, including the piece Hot Peppers by Barbara T. Smith. 

The impetus for this curatorial endeavor was and continues to be an effort to survey, one studio at a time, the neighborhoods and networks of artists working in Los Angeles. Featuring the work of 33 contemporary artists, including Hot Peppers by Barbara T. Smith.

For further information, please go here

Freeway Studies #1: This Side of the 405
13 April to 1 June, 2013
Opening Reception: April 13, 4pm-6pm

Ben Maltz Gallery
9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Hours: Tue-Fri 10-5 / Thu 10-9 / Sat-Sun 12-4

Feb 22 2013

Extension of XEROX: Barbara T Smith through March 30th

The Box is pleased to announce we are extending XEROX: Barbara T Smith 1965-66 through March 30, 2013. We invite you to come see Barbara's Xerox books, collectively on view for the first time in over forty years, in the shows' last week at The Box, LA. 

Mar 19 2013

Barbara T. Smith's Xerox Poetry set

Courtesy of Danielle McCullough for Art: 21 Blog, copies of Barbara T. Smith's poetry-Xerox works are available to download. All works remain copyright of Barbara T. Smith, and are intended for research purposes only.

Download Barbara T Smith: Xerox Poetry set here

Danielle's review of Barabara's exhibition, 'Looking at Los Angeles | Barbara T. Smith: Cheek To Glass, Electric Impressions of the Material Body' can be accessed here

Mar 1 2013

Review: Barbara T. Smith's photocopies reveal artist in transition

A thoughtful review of XEROX: Barbara T. Smith 1965-66 by Sharon Mizota for The Los Angeles Times.

Read the online version here.

Feb 26 2013

Must See:

"XEROX: Barbara T. Smith 1965 - 1966" at The Box is currently featured on's "Must-See Shows" list, artforum editors' selection of essential exhibitions worldwide.

Dec 8 2012

Barbara T Smith interview for Bomb Magazine

By Mary Jones 
Published in Bomb Magazine, 7 December 2012
Barbara T. Smith takes us on a journey through her life—from 1950s housewife to 1970s radical feminist, and on to her current work at age 81 in this fantastic interview with artist Mary Jones.
Read the interview here
Jun 1 2012

Artists X Architects

Artists   X   Architects 
curated by Tibby Rothman
Opening Reception Tuesday June 5, 6-8 pm
Joe's Restaurant
1023 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice 90291
Barbara T. Smith   X   John Frane/Hadrian Predock     
Larry Bell   X   Lorcan O’Herlihy                     
Billy Al Bengston   X   Neil M. Denari                       
Casper Brindle   X   Andreas Froech                       
Huguette Caland   X   Mark Mack                             
Laddie John Dill   X   Kulapat Yantrasast                   
Ned Evans   X   David Hertz                          
Alexis Smith   X   Lawrence Scarpa                              
Laurie Steelink   X   Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir / Tyggvi Thorsteinsson                
De Wain Valentine   X   Patrick Tighe                        
Jennifer Wolf   X   Dwayne Oyler/Jenny Wu                
The affinity between the disciplines of art and architecture dates back through millennia. In Artists X Architects, writer Tibby Rothman pairs eleven artists and architects, both emerging and established, as a way to create a unique visual dialogue between the two.
The exhibition is sponsored by The Architect’s Newspaper, Joe’s, and V-SCAPE.
For further information, please go here