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Oral history interview with Alexis Smith, 2014 January 24-April 14

Interviewee:
Smith, Alexis, 1949-  Search this
Smith, Alexis, 1949-  Search this
Interviewer:
Drohojowska-Philp, Hunter  Search this
Subject:
Bell, Larry  Search this
Burden, Barbara  Search this
Burden, Chris  Search this
Celmins, Vija  Search this
Chicago, Judy  Search this
Coplans, John  Search this
Gehry, Frank O.  Search this
Grieger, Scott  Search this
Howard, Coy  Search this
Irwin, Robert  Search this
Krull, Craig  Search this
Moses, Avilda  Search this
Ruppersberg, Allen  Search this
Sedivy, Richard  Search this
Solomon, Jerry  Search this
Holly Solomon Gallery  Search this
Honor Fraser Gallery  Search this
Margo Leavin Gallery  Search this
Mizuno Gallery  Search this
Nicholas Wilder Gallery  Search this
University of California, Irvine  Search this
University of California, Los Angeles  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
France -- description and travel
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Installations (Art)  Search this
Multimedia (Art)  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)16169
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)366489
AAA_collcode_smith14
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_366489
Online Media:

Alone [Alexis Smith]

Book artist:
Smith, Alexis 1949-  Search this
Author:
Adaptation of (work) : Poe, Edgar Allan 1809-1849 Alone  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries Artists' Books DSI  Search this
Physical description:
36 unnumbered pages illustrations 80 mm
Type:
Specimens
Limp bindings
Miniature books
Non-adhesive bindings
Paper bindings
Artists' books (books).)
Artists' books
Pamphlet bindings
Staple bindings
Place:
California
Los Angeles
Date:
1977
20th century
1970-1979
Topic:
Artists' books  Search this
Miniature books  Search this
Call number:
N40.1 .S64327 A46 1977
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1076000

Oral history interview with Alexis Smith

Creator:
Smith, Alexis, 1949-  Search this
Interviewer:
Drohojowska-Philp, Hunter  Search this
Names:
Holly Solomon Gallery  Search this
Honor Fraser Gallery  Search this
Margo Leavin Gallery  Search this
Mizuno Gallery  Search this
Nicholas Wilder Gallery  Search this
University of California, Irvine -- Students  Search this
University of California, Los Angeles -- Faculty  Search this
Bell, Larry, 1939-  Search this
Burden, Barbara  Search this
Burden, Chris, 1946-  Search this
Celmins, Vija, 1938-  Search this
Chicago, Judy, 1939-  Search this
Coplans, John  Search this
Gehry, Frank O., 1929-  Search this
Grieger, Scott  Search this
Howard, Coy  Search this
Irwin, Robert, 1928-  Search this
Krull, Craig  Search this
Moses, Avilda  Search this
Ruppersberg, Allen, 1944-  Search this
Sedivy, Richard  Search this
Solomon, Jerry  Search this
Extent:
5 Items (Sound recording: 5 sound files (3 hr., 11 min.), digital, wav)
84 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
France -- description and travel
Date:
2014 January 24-April 14
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Alexis Smith conducted 2014 January 24 and April 14, by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, for the Archives of American Art at Smith's studio, in Venice, California.
Ms. Smith discusses growing up in Southern California and her early years living with her parents on the grounds of Metropolitan State Hospital, a mental institution in Norwalk, California; her mother's death when Ms. Smith was 11; the family's time in Whittier and Palm Springs and being raised as an only child by her father; her early interest in French studies and travel to France as a student; her interest in studying art beginning with a John Coplans class at UC Irvine; her time at at UC Irvine in the early days of the university and her growing attraction to the life of an artist; the origin of her name Alexis Smith; and the encouragement of her fellow artists to continue pursuing her cut-up collages from literature, photos, magazines, and Hollywood ephemera. Ms. Smith also describes her time with her artist women's group in the 70s; her husband Scott Grieger; working for Frank Gehry; her showing with the Nicholas Wilder Gallery; her relationship with Chris Burden and her time with him during his period of performance pieces in the 70s; the Riko Mizuno Gallery; her work with terrazzo and its use for installations at the LA Convention Center, Ohio State University, and other installations; the appropriation of text and the assistance of Jerry Solomon utilizing custom frames in her artwork; the impact of women from history, media and literature on her art; her relationship with Coy Howard; the Holly Solomon Gallery; her Jane series; her On the Road series; her installation Snake Path at UC San Diego; her piece for SITE Santa Fe Red Carpet; teaching at UCLA; her installation of the piece Scarlet Letter at Las Vegas Central Library and its subsequent removal; her associations with Margo Leavin Gallery and Honor Fraser gallery; and the loss of her long-time studio space and the challenges of storing her artwork. Ms. Smith also recalls Judy Chicago, Robert Irwin, Vija Celmins, Larry Bell, Barbara Burden, Richard Sedivy, Avilda Moses, Craig Krull, and Allen Ruppersberg among others.
Biographical / Historical:
Alexis Smith (1949- ) is a collage, multimedia, and installation artist in Los Angeles, California. Hunter Drohojowska-Philp is an art critic and writer from Beverly Hills, California.
General:
Originally recorded as 5 sound files. Duration is 3 hr., 11 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Collagists -- California  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Installations (Art)  Search this
Multimedia (Art)  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.smith14
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9cf7d681a-7826-4d6b-9c1f-4565e032b593
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-smith14
Online Media:

Past lives Amy Gerstler and Alexis Smith

Author:
Gerstler, Amy  Search this
Author:
Smith, Alexis 1949-  Search this
Santa Monica Museum of Art  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries Artists' Books DSI  Search this
Subject:
Gerstler, Amy  Search this
Smith, Alexis 1949-  Search this
Physical description:
40 pages illustrations (some color) 23 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Artists' books (books).)
Artists' books
Exhibition catalogs
Specimens
Place:
United States
California
Santa Monica
Date:
1989
20th century
Topic:
Artists' books  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_649711

B-car the story of Chris Burden's bicycle car with text by Chris Burden and Alexis Smith

Title:
Story of Chris Burden's bicycle car
Author:
Burden, Chris 1946-2015  Search this
Smith, Alexis 1949-  Search this
Publisher:
Choke Publications  Search this
Book designer:
Future Studio  Search this
Author:
Smithsonian Libraries Artists' Books DSI  Search this
Physical description:
24 unnumbered pages illustrations 14 x 18 cm
Type:
Books
Artists' books (books).)
Artists' books
Place:
California
Date:
1977
20th century
Topic:
Automobiles in art  Search this
Cyclecars  Search this
Cyclecars--Design and construction  Search this
Call number:
N6537.B87 A4 1977
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_997112

Rosamund Felsen gallery records

Creator:
Rosamund Felsen Gallery  Search this
Names:
Acerol, Ali  Search this
Ackerman, Robert E.  Search this
Andrews, Oliver  Search this
Beach, Alicia  Search this
Bengston, Billy Al  Search this
Boskovich, John  Search this
Brown, Greg  Search this
Burden, Chris, 1946-  Search this
Burkhart, Dan  Search this
Bush, Stephen, 1958-  Search this
Cointet, Guy de, 1934-1983  Search this
Cooper, Ron, 1943-  Search this
Craft, Ann Thorny  Search this
Cranston, Meg  Search this
Dill, Guy, 1946-  Search this
Dowell, Roy  Search this
Gambrill, Jeff  Search this
Hayward, James, 1943-  Search this
Jackson, Richard  Search this
James, Mac  Search this
Jiménez, Cisco, 1969-  Search this
Kabakov, Ilʹia︠ ︡Iosifovich, 1933-  Search this
Kaino, Glenn (Glenn Akira), 1972-  Search this
Kelley, Mike, 1954-2012  Search this
Kidon, Heidi  Search this
Knechtel, Tom, 1952-  Search this
Lodato, Peter  Search this
McCarthy, Paul  Search this
Miller, John  Search this
Newkirk, Kori, 1970-  Search this
Nordman, Maria  Search this
Oshiro, Kaz, 1967-  Search this
Owens, Laura  Search this
Pettibon, Raymond, 1957-  Search this
Pittman, Lari, 1952-  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008  Search this
Rice, Leland, 1940-  Search this
Rogers, Steve  Search this
Rothenberg, Erika  Search this
Ruppersberg, Allen, 1944-  Search this
Shaw, Jim, 1952-  Search this
Sklar, Keith  Search this
Smith, Alexis, 1949-  Search this
Sonnier, Keith, 1941-2020  Search this
Syrop, Mitchell, 1953-  Search this
Vallance, Jeffrey  Search this
Weber, Marnie  Search this
Wegman, William  Search this
Extent:
35.1 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Date:
1978-2014
Scope and Contents:
Artists' files including biographical information, slides, reviews; exhibition files; a scrapbook (unbound); slides and photographs of works of art and exhibition installations; works of art; printed material including posters; and financial material regarding the Rosamund Felsen Gallery.
Among the artists are Alicia Beach, Meg Cranston, Richard Jackson, Kaz Oshiro, John Boskovich, Jeff Gambill, Robert Rauschenberg, William Wegman, Ann Thorny Craft, Raymond Pettibon, Jeffrey Vallance, Mitchell Syrop, Mac James, Stephen Bush, Ali Acerol, Marnie Weber, Keith Sklar, Leland Rice, Steve Rogers, Greg Brown, Robert Ackerman, Dan Burkhart, Oliver Andrews, Ron Cooper, Guy Dill, James Hayward, Billy Al Bengston, Erika Rothenberg, Peter Lodato, Keith Sonnier, Tom Knechtel, Paul McCarthy, Jim Shaw, Maria Nordman, Kori Newkirk, Laura Owens, Al Ruppersberg, Ilya Kabakov, Alexis Smith, Roy Dowell, Lari Pittman, Guy de Cointet, Cisco Jiménez, Glenn Kaino, John Miller, Chris Burden, Mike Kelley, Heidi Kidon and others.
Biographical / Historical:
The Rosamund Felsen Gallery (established 1978) is an art gallery in Santa Monica, California that focuses on the art community in Los Angeles, California.
Provenance:
Donated 2014- 2016 by the Rosamund Felsen Gallery via Rosamund Felsen, gallery founder and owner.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Function:
Art galleries, Commercial -- California
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Identifier:
AAA.rosafelg
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-rosafelg

Crazy as a Pair of Waltzing Mice, (sculpture)

Title:
Mini-Monuments Series: Crazy as Pair of Waltzing Mice, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Smith, Alexis 1949-  Search this
Medium:
Stone and terrazzo inlay
Type:
Sculptures-Mosaic
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by City of Los Angeles Public Art Division 433 South Spring Street, 10th floor Los Angeles California 90013
Located MacArthur Park Los Angeles California
Date:
1986
Topic:
Performing Arts--Dance--Waltz  Search this
Literature--Chandler  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Control number:
IAS CA000373
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_319017

Snake Path, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Smith, Alexis 1949-  Search this
Medium:
Path: multi-colored slate; Book: red granite; Bench: granite
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Bench
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by University of California San Diego Stuart Collection 9500 Gilman Drive La Jolla California 92093
Located University of California San Diego Outside Central Library La Jolla California
Date:
Autumn 1992. Dedicated Oct. 24, 1992
Topic:
Landscape--Road--Path  Search this
Animal--Reptile--Snake  Search this
Object--Written Matter--Book  Search this
Literature--Milton--Paradise Lost  Search this
Literature--Gray--On a Distant Prospect of Eton College  Search this
Control number:
IAS CA000703
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_326830

Mine Was the Better Punch, But It Didn't Win the Wristwatch, (sculpture)

Title:
Mini-Monuments Series: Mine Was the Better Punch, But It Didn't Win the Wristwatch, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Smith, Alexis 1949-  Search this
Medium:
Black granite, stone and terrazzo inlay
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by City of Los Angeles Los Angeles California
Located MacArthur Park Los Angeles California
Date:
1986
Topic:
Figure group--Male  Search this
Recreation--Sport & Play--Boxing  Search this
Literature--Chandler  Search this
Control number:
IAS CA001316
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_337149

Alexis Smith : an embarrassment of riches / [edited by Augusto Arbizo and Belinda Marcus]

Title:
Embarrassment of riches
Author:
Smith, Alexis 1949-  Search this
Arbizo, Augusto  Search this
Marcus, Belinda  Search this
Gerstler, Amy  Search this
Lawrence Rubin.Greenberg Van Doren.Fine Art  Search this
Subject:
Smith, Alexis 1949-  Search this
Physical description:
28 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2001
C2001
20th century
Topic:
Collage, American  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Women in art  Search this
Call number:
N6537.S58 A4 2001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_614241

Alexis Smith, public works : January 12 to February 24, 1991, Mandeville Gallery, University of California, San Diego

Author:
Smith, Alexis 1949-  Search this
Drohojowska-Philp, Hunter 1952-  Search this
Mandeville Art Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Smith, Alexis 1949-  Search this
Physical description:
31 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1991
Call number:
N6537.S58 A4 1991a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_646494

Alexis Smith / by Richard Armstrong

Author:
Armstrong, Richard 1949-  Search this
Smith, Alexis 1949-  Search this
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Subject:
Smith, Alexis 1949-  Search this
Physical description:
243 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1991
C1991
Call number:
N40.1.S64327 A7 1991
N40.1.S64327A7 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_417792

Alexis Smith : Jane

Title:
Jane : Alexis Smith
Author:
Smith, Alexis 1949-  Search this
Relyea, Lane 1960-  Search this
Margo Leavin Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Smith, Alexis 1949-  Search this
Smith, Alexis 1949-  Search this
Physical description:
1 folded sheet ([12] p.) : col. ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1985
C1985
Topic:
Collage, American  Search this
Women in art  Search this
Call number:
N6537.S58 A4 1985
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_942064

Alexis Smith

Author:
Smith, Alexis 1949-  Search this
Murdock, Robert M  Search this
Walker Art Center  Search this
Subject:
Smith, Alexis 1949-  Search this
Physical description:
1 folded sheet ([8] p.) : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1986
1986]
Call number:
N6537.S58 A4 1986
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_952739

In celebration of "The Grand" : a mixed media art installation / by Alexis Smith

Title:
Grand
Author:
Smith, Alexis 1949-  Search this
De Vos Performing Arts Hall (Grand Rapids, Mich.)  Search this
Subject:
Smith, Alexis 1949-  Search this
Physical description:
[7] p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1983
1983]
20th century
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Call number:
N6537.S58 A4 1983
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_959964

Map of the Pacific Rim, (sculpture)

Title:
Map of the Constellations, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Smith, Alexis 1949-  Search this
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Los Angeles Convention Center Los Angeles California
Date:
1993
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Object--Written Matter--Map  Search this
Landscape--United States--Pacific States  Search this
Control number:
IAS 78430049
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_441701

Story From My Childhood, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Smith, Alexis 1949-  Search this
Medium:
Mixed media collage with objects
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Museum of Contemporary Art 250 South Grand Avenue at California Plaza Los Angeles California 90012 Accession Number: 85.109
Date:
1977
Topic:
Allegory--Life--Childhood  Search this
Object--Written Matter  Search this
Control number:
IAS 88140009
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_301678

She Sat in Front of Her Princess Dresser, Trying to Paint the Suitcases Out from Under Her Eyes, (sculpture)

Title:
Mini-Monuments Series: She Sat in Front of Her Princess Dresser, Trying to Paint the Suitcases Out from Under Her Eyes, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Smith, Alexis 1949-  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by City of Los Angeles Public Art Division 433 South Spring Street, 10th floor Los Angeles California 90013
Located MacArthur Park Los Angeles California
Date:
1986
Topic:
Literature--Chandler  Search this
Dress--Accessory--Handbag  Search this
Control number:
IAS 71500666
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_357226

Christmas Eve, 1943, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Smith, Alexis 1949-  Search this
Medium:
Mixed media
Type:
Sculptures-Relief
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Frederick R. Weisman Foundation of Art 10350 Santa Monica Boulevard, #160 Los Angeles California 90025
Date:
1982
Topic:
Allegory--Time--Past  Search this
Ceremony--Holiday--Christmas  Search this
Control number:
IAS 65860045
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_297215

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