Artist Residency

January 16, 2010 - May 07, 2011
Allison Smith: SMITHS Allison Smith: SMITHS

At multiple locations

An ongoing project by local artist Allison Smith, SMITHS is inspired by the history of general stores as intimate spaces of public exchange. By looking to the past, Smith hopes to identify useful models for creative practice in the present, particularly in times of war and economic uncertainty. During the anniversary weekend, the fifth-floor galleries will feature two SMITHS initiatives: a vibrant, immersive light and sound installation titled Fancy Work and a series of participatory programs engaging civilians and soldiers that marks the launch of Smith's Arts & Skills Service, a project that will continue throughout the spring at SFMOMA and the War Memorial Veterans Building.

For more information about the SMITHS project at SFMOMA, visit Allison Smith's website.

Past

Allison Smith: SMITHS: Fancy Work and Arts & Skills Service

An ongoing project by artist Allison Smith, SMITHS gathers makers from tinsmiths to tunesmiths to share skills and stories. During the anniversary weekend, we feature two…

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Allison Smith: SMITHS: Fancy Work and Arts & Skills Service

SMITHS continues with Arts & Skills Service, an investigation of SFMOMA's World War II collaboration with the Red Cross to create a series of arts workshops for wounded…

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Allison Smith: SMITHS: Fancy Work and Arts & Skills Service

Arts & Skills Service continues with a look at art activities for soldiers and artists exploring military subjects and themes. Smith's project continues at the museum in…

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SMITHS: Arts & Skills Service: On the Homefront: Rolling Bandages, Care Packages, and other “War Efforts”

Examining intersections of art-making and war efforts from the "trench art" practices of World War I to the Art and Skills Service program designed by SFMOMA and the Red…

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SMITHS: Arts & Skills Service: On the Homefront: Rolling Bandages, Care Packages, and other “War Efforts”

Examining intersections of art-making and war efforts from the "trench art" practices of World War I to the Art and Skills Service program designed by SFMOMA and the Red…

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SMITHS: Arts & Skills Service: On the Homefront: Rolling Bandages, Care Packages, and other “War Efforts”

Examining intersections of art-making and war efforts from the "trench art" practices of World War I to the Art and Skills Service program designed by SFMOMA and the Red…

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SMITHS: Arts & Skills Service: On the Front Lines, or Quaker Guns, Camouflage, and Queer Craft

In a Thursday evening conversation, Bryan-Wilson and Sethi take up the relationship between artistic innovation and military technology. Musing on camouflage and the Quaker Gun, a…

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SMITHS: Arts & Skills Service: On the Front Lines, or Quaker Guns, Camouflage, and Queer Craft

In a Thursday evening conversation, Bryan-Wilson and Sethi take up the relationship between artistic innovation and military technology. Musing on camouflage and the Quaker Gun, a…

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SMITHS: Arts & Skills Service: On the Front Lines, or Quaker Guns, Camouflage, and Queer Craft

In a Thursday evening conversation, Bryan-Wilson and Sethi take up the relationship between artistic innovation and military technology. Musing on camouflage and the Quaker Gun, a…

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SMITHS: Arts & Skills Service: On Ammunition and Ornament
SMITHS: Arts & Skills Service: On Ammunition and Ornament

Highlighting the historical relationship of art-making and the war effort both at home and on the battlefield, this iteration of Arts & Skills Service considers trench art of…

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SMITHS: Arts & Skills Service: On Ammunition and Ornament
SMITHS: Arts & Skills Service: On Ammunition and Ornament

Allison Smith's Arts & Skills Service has examined the relationship of art-making and war efforts both at home and on the battlefield, from knitting and bandage rolling to…

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SMITHS: Arts & Skills Service: On Ammunition and Ornament
SMITHS: Arts & Skills Service: On Ammunition and Ornament

With Jane Kimball's Thursday night lecture on trench art in mind, we turn to arts and objects made by soldiers. Allison Smith hands over her own trench art collection for…

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Smiths: Arts & Skills Service
Smiths: Arts & Skills Service

Remarks by Allison Smith and Suellen Semekoski at noon and 6:00 p.m.

"Here in San Francisco over fifteen hundred men a month are being sent out from our three military hospitals with a new weapon in their hands: a skill or craft with which to…

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SHOUT!  Celebrating Women Veterans Through the Arts
SHOUT! Celebrating Women Veterans Through the Arts

My Mom's a Soldier, Sandra Keats, 2009, 27 min., video

With Arts & Skills Service, Bay Area artist Allison Smith organizes workshops and gatherings examining the intersection of craft and the war effort, reviving a World War II-era…

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Allison Smith: Arts & Skills Service

With Arts & Skills Service, Bay Area artist Allison Smith organizes workshops and gatherings examining the intersection of craft and the war effort, reviving a World War II-era…

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Image: Allison Smith, SMITHS: Fancy Work and Arts & Skills Service, 2010. Photo: Charles Villyard