Wong Conference Center Harris Hall (HAR)850 West 37th StreetLos Angeles, CA 9008
Barbara T. Smith is one of the pioneers of performance and body art. Along with such artists as Nancy Buchanan, Chris Burden, Allan Kaprow, Suzanne Lacy, and Paul McCarthy, Smith redefined the nature of art by creating durational performances in which she used her own bodyoften at some personal risk.
Beginning in 1968, Smith was foregrounding her own corporeal and gendered experience in experimental performances such as "Ritual Meal" and "Feed Me". In the 21st Century Odyssey, Smith embarked upon a journey quest for spiritual transformation thus reinscribing the tourist landscape. Her life long commitment to alternative spirituality as in "Celebration of the Holy Squash" anticipates many contemporary artists who incorporate spiritual practices in art making. $10 campus parking available at Gate 1 on Exposition and Watt Way. Meter parking along Vermont between Exposition and 36th Place (enter campus on 36th Place at Gate 6). Campus map: http://web-app.usc.edu/maps/