Records document the 1997 creation and execution of
Taste, Alexis Smith's permanent mixed-media installation for the Restaurant at the Getty Center. Materials comprise 35mm color
slides; 4 x 5 inch color transparencies; 4 x 5 inch color and black-and-white negatives; and 5 screen prints signed by the
artisit. The photographs, shot by Grant Mudford, document the progress of the installation.
A native Californian, Alexis Smith (born Patricia Anne Smith) is well-known for her mixed-media collages. While growing up
she read books and wrote plays. Her interest in literature is evident in some of her early collages where she combined objects
and images with textual passages from John Steinbeck, Sinclair Lewis, and Nathaniel West. She graduated from the University
of California, Irvine in 1970 and her first installation was presented in 1972 at the Pasadena Art Museum. Over the years
her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California, the Whitney Museum of American Art,
and the Lawrence Rubin Greenberg Van Doren Fine Art Gallery in New York, among others.The Getty Center opened in 1997 as a multifaceted campus located in Brentwood, California, comprised of modern architecture,
gardens, and fountains. It is owned and operated by the J. Paul Getty Trust, a cultural and philanthropic organization. The
Trust is a not-for-profit institution, educational in purpose and character, that focuses on the visual arts in all of their
dimensions. The Center is home to the Trust and its four programs: the Getty Foundation, the Getty Research Institute, the
Getty Conservation Institute, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. The Museum and the Conservation Institute also maintain operations
at the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, the original site of the Museum.