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INVENTORY OF THE BARBARA T. SMITH COFFIN SERIES AND RELATED MATERIAL, 1965-1967
2013.M.23  
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Description
The collection comprises Coffin, a unique set of twenty-five hand-bound artist's books documenting Barbara T. Smith's experiments with an early Xerox 914 copy machine, and a set of working materials and other works related to the Coffin series.
Background
Barbara T. Smith, a pioneer in performance and body art, was born in Pasadena, California in 1931. She studied painting, art history and religion at Pomona College, graduating in 1953. In 1965, she began to study at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, and in 1971, she received her MFA from the University of California, Irvine. While attending UC Irvine, she founded, together with Nancy Buchanan and Chris Burden, the student-run experimental art gallery F-Space. It was at F-Space during the late 1960s where Smith launched her career as an artist at the forefront of feminist, body, and performance art.
Extent
12.26 linear feet (15 boxes)
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Availability
Open for use by qualified researchers.