SHINIQUE SMITH

Swaying Beauty

source: craftcouncilamericancraftmagorg

New York–based artist Shinique Smith worked with students at Charles White Elementary School to uncover sources of inspiration in their own lives. Objects Smith selected from the museum’s Costume and Textiles collection are on view alongside new work based on her experience within the school and community, and student art. The exhibition, installed at the school, reflects upon Smith’s gritty Baltimore upbringing and early exposure to the sophisticated world of fashion design.
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source: brandnew-gallery

As part of LACMA’s ongoing engagement with the community, LACMA presents Shinique Smith: Firsthand. The exhibition, installed at the Charles White Elementary School, reflects upon New York–based artist Shinique Smith’s gritty Baltimore upbringing and early exposure to the sophisticated world of fashion design. Smith visited LACMA and worked directly with students to uncover sources of inspiration in their own lives. The exhibition juxtaposes objects Smith selected from the museum’s Costume and Textiles collection, new work based on her experience within the school and community, and student art.

Smith received her MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. Her work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, and the Studio Museum in Harlem and is in the collections of LACMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Denver Art Museum, among other institutions.

Charles White Elementary School opened in 2004 on the former campus of Otis College of Art and Design. The school is named for local artist Charles White (1918–1979), who taught at Otis for many years. LACMA has been programming exhibitions at the school since 2007.