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On Exhibit at Douglass Library: Mimi Smith

August 10, 2017
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The work of renowned feminist artist and Rutgers graduate Mimi Smith will be on view at Douglass Library in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Douglass Residential College.

Mimi Smith: Protection and Other Time Considerations will be on display in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries at Douglass Library from September 5 through December 15, 2017. A reception and lecture by the artist will take place on Tuesday, October 24 at 5 p.m. in the library’s Mabel Smith Douglass Room. Both events are free and open to the public. Visit the Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities website for more information.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Douglass Residential College, renowned feminist artist and Rutgers graduate Mimi Smith has been named the 2017–18 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist at Rutgers University.

Born in Massachusetts and based in New York, Smith graduated with her master’s degree in fine arts from the Visual Arts Department at Rutgers in 1966, when the program was located on the Douglass campus. There, Smith studied with Fluxus and Conceptual artists and began making sculptural works. She became a pioneer in early feminist and conceptual art, focusing on clothing sculpture and drawing installation, and attributes her time at Rutgers to this development in her work when clothing and materials became both subject and form.

For over 50 years, Smith’s art has been both misunderstood and highly regarded. Her various bodies of work include clothing made from plastic and steel wool, traditionally rendered drawings, drawings made from knotted thread and tape measures, clocks, and knitted sculptures. Her work embodies the relationship between everyday life, intimacy, anxiety, and time. It is included in public collections such as The Getty Center in Los Angeles, the Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Douglass Residential College, formerly Douglass College, was founded in 1918 as the New Jersey College for Women. The college is an intellectual community for undergraduate women that inspires its students to learn, lead, and live with conviction, creativity, and critical insight.