Shinique Smith: Firsthand

Charles White Elementary School Gallery | 2401 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90057
February 9, 2013–July 19, 2013

As part of LACMA's ongoing engagement with the community, LACMA presents Shinique Smith: Firsthand. The exhibition, installed at the Charles White Elementary School, reflects upon New York–based artist Shinique Smith's gritty Baltimore upbringing and early exposure to the sophisticated world of fashion design. Smith visited LACMA and worked directly with students to uncover sources of inspiration in their own lives. The exhibition juxtaposes objects Smith selected from the museum's Costume and Textiles collection, new work based on her experience within the school and community, and student art.
 
Smith received her MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. Her work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, and the Studio Museum in Harlem and is in the collections of LACMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Denver Art Museum, among other institutions.


Charles White Elementary School opened in 2004 on the former campus of Otis College of Art and Design. The school is named for local artist Charles White (1918–1979), who taught at Otis for many years. LACMA has been programming exhibitions at the school since 2007. For more information or to arrange a special visit, contact esenga@lacma.org.


HOURS
February 9–June 8 | Thursdays and Fridays, 2:30–6 pm | Every second Saturday, 11 am–2 pm | Please note that the gallery will be closed for Spring Break on March 28 & 29.
June 9 –July 19 | By appointment only

This exhibition is made possible through the Anna H. Bing Children's Art Education Fund and by a grant from the John B. and Nelly Llanos Kilroy Foundation. Education programs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art are supported in part by the William Randolph Hearst Endowment Fund for Arts Education, the Margaret A. Cargill Arts Education Endowment, and Rx for Reading.

Image: Shinique Smith, Swaying Beauty, 2007, clothing, foam, rope, and twine, 60 x 22 x 22 in., Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Schiff Fine Art, © Shinique Smith.

Woman's Hat
Sally Victor
circa 1942
Two-Piece Evening Ensemble
Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons
1990–1991
this year’s girl
Shinique Smith
2009
Perfect from the waist . . .
Shinique Smith
2009

Shinique Smith: Firsthand

Through July 19th, 2013, LACMA presents Shinique Smith: Firsthand at the Charles White Elementary School in downtown Los Angeles. In this installation, Smith reflects on her gritty Baltimore upbringing and early exposure to the sophisticated world of fashion design. Smith visited LACMA and worked directly with students to uncover sources of inspiration in their own lives. The exhibition juxtaposes objects Smith selected from the museum's Costume and Textiles collection, new work based on her experience within the school and community, and student art.

A Day at LACMA… in MacArthur Park

Every Thursday and Friday at 2:15 pm, I have my typical routine. I walk across Carondelet Street to the sounds of students at the end of their day. I pass parents sitting on benches and street vendors selling ice cream. The neighborhood is historic MacArthur Park. The school I visit every week is Charles White Elementary School, the former site of Otis Art Institute. Every year, the school’s art gallery becomes the venue of an Education-driven exhibition project. This year, we worked with New York-based artist Shinique Smith to show her work alongside selections she curated from the museum’s Costumes and Textiles collection...

Sculpting with Socks

By now the students at Charles White Elementary School are well-versed in the work of Shinique Smith.  They are extremely articulate when describing her creative process too, namely how she transforms everyday materials to make art.  It makes sense; they’ve had unlimited access to her work through the Shinique Smith: Firsthand exhibition at LACMA’s satellite gallery within the school.  Shinique still threw the students for a loop though when she pitched them the idea of making a collaborative sculpture composed entirely of socks...

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