Allison SMITH Art

Victory Hall is an installation I originally presented at Bellwether gallery in the spring of 2005. The installation was comprised of over one hundred wooden rifles, pistols, and sideknives arranged on the wall in a decorative pattern reminiscent of an arms exposition hall. Posed on the floor were a series of five life-size ceramic dolls made in my own image and wearing handsewn uniforms. I created the doll parts at a ceramics atelier in Provence, and worked with a Civil War costume historian to design and sew the uniforms. These "commemorative dolls" are based on obscure citizen soldiers of the American Civil War era, specifically Zouaves and Vivandières.

 
     
Allison SMITH
Victory Hall (installation view)
2005
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"Allison Smith: Victory Hall," Bellwether, New York. Photo credit Bellwether.
Allison SMITH
Victory Hall (installation view)
2005

"Allison Smith: Victory Hall," Bellwether, New York. Published in Swingset magazine (cover image). Photo credit Bellwether.
Allison SMITH  Wood and aluminum
Victory Hall (detail)
Wood and aluminum
10 ft. x 18 ft.

"Allison Smith: Victory Hall," Bellwether, New York. Also exhibited in "You Are Here," Ballroom Marfa, Texas, organized by Matthew Day Jackson and curated by Fairfax Dorn, and in "Ahistoric Occasion: On the Uses of History," Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, curated by Nato Thompson. Photo credit Bellwether.
Allison SMITH  Slip cast ceramic, linen, wool, cotton, leather, hemp fibers, brass, glass
Eliza Wilson of the 5th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
2005
Slip cast ceramic, linen, wool, cotton, leather, hemp fibers, brass, glass
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"Allison Smith: Victory Hall," Bellwether, New York. Also exhibited in "New History," Bertha & Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College, New York, curated by Tracy Adler; and "The Old, Weird America: Folk Themes in Contemporary Art," Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, curated by Toby Kamps. Photo credit Bellwether.
Allison SMITH  Slip cast ceramic, linen, wool, cotton, leather, hemp fibers, brass, glass
Eliza Wilson of the 5th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry (detail)
2005
Slip cast ceramic, linen, wool, cotton, leather, hemp fibers, brass, glass

"Allison Smith: Victory Hall," Bellwether, New York. Also exhibited in "New History," Bertha & Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College, New York, curated by Tracy Adler; and "The Old, Weird America: Folk Themes in Contemporary Art," Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, curated by Toby Kamps. Photo credit Bellwether.
Allison SMITH  Slip cast ceramic, linen, wool, cotton, leather, hemp fibers, brass, glass
Dr. Mary Edwards Walker
2005
Slip cast ceramic, linen, wool, cotton, leather, hemp fibers, brass, glass
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"Allison Smith: Victory Hall," Bellwether, New York. Also exhibited in "New History," Bertha & Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College, New York, curated by Tracy Adler; and "The Old, Weird America: Folk Themes in Contemporary Art," Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, curated by Toby Kamps. Photo credit Bellwether.
Allison SMITH  Slip cast ceramic, linen, wool, cotton, leather, hemp fibers, brass, glass
Dr. Mary Edwards Walker (detail)
2005
Slip cast ceramic, linen, wool, cotton, leather, hemp fibers, brass, glass

"Allison Smith: Victory Hall," Bellwether, New York. Also exhibited in "New History," Bertha & Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College, New York, curated by Tracy Adler; and "The Old, Weird America: Folk Themes in Contemporary Art," Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, curated by Toby Kamps. Photo credit Bellwether.
Allison SMITH  Slip cast ceramic, linen, wool, cotton, leather, hemp fibers, brass, glass
Officer of the 5th New York Volunteer Infantry, Duryée's Zouaves
2005
Slip cast ceramic, linen, wool, cotton, leather, hemp fibers, brass, glass
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"Allison Smith: Victory Hall," Bellwether, New York. Also exhibited in "The 'F' Word," Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, curated by Elizabeth Thomas, and in "New History," Bertha & Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College, New York, curated by Tracy Adler; and "The Old, Weird America: Folk Themes in Contemporary Art," Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, curated by Toby Kamps. Photo credit Bellwether.
Allison SMITH  Slip cast ceramic, linen, wool, cotton, leather, hemp fibers, brass, glass
Officer of the 5th New York Volunteer Infantry, Duryée's Zouaves (detail)
2005
Slip cast ceramic, linen, wool, cotton, leather, hemp fibers, brass, glass

"Allison Smith: Victory Hall," Bellwether, New York. Also exhibited in "The 'F' Word," Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, curated by Elizabeth Thomas, and in "New History," Bertha & Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College, New York, curated by Tracy Adler; and "The Old, Weird America: Folk Themes in Contemporary Art," Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, curated by Toby Kamps. Photo credit Bellwether.
Allison SMITH  Slip cast ceramic, linen, wool, cotton, leather, hemp fibers, brass, glass
Marie Tepe, "French Mary," Vivandière of the 114th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Collis's Zouaves
2005
Slip cast ceramic, linen, wool, cotton, leather, hemp fibers, brass, glass

"Allison Smith: Victory Hall," Bellwether, New York. Also exhibited in "The 'F' Word," Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, curated by Elizabeth Thomas, and in "New History," Bertha & Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College, New York, curated by Tracy Adler; and "The Old, Weird America: Folk Themes in Contemporary Art," Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, curated by Toby Kamps. Photo credit Bellwether.
Allison SMITH  Slip cast ceramic, linen, wool, cotton, leather, hemp fibers, brass, glass
Marie Tepe, "French Mary," Vivandière of the 114th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Collis's Zouaves (detail)
2005
Slip cast ceramic, linen, wool, cotton, leather, hemp fibers, brass, glass

"Allison Smith: Victory Hall," Bellwether, New York. Also exhibited in "The 'F' Word," Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, curated by Elizabeth Thomas, and in "New History," Bertha & Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College, New York, curated by Tracy Adler; and "The Old, Weird America: Folk Themes in Contemporary Art," Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, curated by Toby Kamps. Photo credit Bellwether.
Allison SMITH  Slip cast ceramic, linen, wool, cotton, leather, hemp fibers, brass, glass
Soldier of the 146th New York Zouaves Volunteer Infantry
Slip cast ceramic, linen, wool, cotton, leather, hemp fibers, brass, glass

"Allison Smith: Victory Hall," Bellwether, New York. Also exhibited in "New History," Bertha & Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College, New York, curated by Tracy Adler; and "The Old, Weird America: Folk Themes in Contemporary Art," Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, curated by Toby Kamps. Photo credit Bellwether.
Allison SMITH  Slip cast ceramic, linen, wool, cotton, leather, hemp fibers, brass, glass
Soldier of the 114th Pennsylvania Infantry, Collis's Zouaves
2005
Slip cast ceramic, linen, wool, cotton, leather, hemp fibers, brass, glass

"Greater New York 2005," P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center/ Museum of Modern Art, New York. Curated by Klaus Biesenbach, Alanna Heiss, Glenn Lowry, Bob Nickas, Amy Smith-Stewart & Ann Temkin; and "The Old, Weird America: Folk Themes in Contemporary Art," Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, curated by Toby Kamps. Photo credit P.S.1.
Allison SMITH  Ink, paper
Gayly the Bold Zouaves
2005
Ink, paper
22 in. x 18 in.

"Allison Smith: Victory Hall," Bellwether, New York. Photo credit Bellwether.
Allison SMITH  Gouache, watercolor, ink, paper
Marie Tepe
2005
Gouache, watercolor, ink, paper
22 in. x 18 in.

"Allison Smith: Victory Hall," Bellwether, New York. Photo credit Bellwether. Collection of Clifford Chance, New York.
Allison SMITH  Paint, slip cast ceramic, linen, wool, cotton, leather, hemp fibers, brass, glass
Pile
2007
Paint, slip cast ceramic, linen, wool, cotton, leather, hemp fibers, brass, glass
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"New History," Bertha & Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College, New York. Curated by Tracy Adler. Photo credit Leubsdorf Art Gallery.
Allison SMITH  Paint, slip cast ceramic, linen, wool, cotton, leather, hemp fibers, brass, glass
Pile (detail)
2007
Paint, slip cast ceramic, linen, wool, cotton, leather, hemp fibers, brass, glass
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"New History," Bertha & Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College, New York. Curated by Tracy Adler. Photo credit Leubsdorf Art Gallery.
Allison SMITH  Silk-screen printed linen
Camp Curtain
2006
Silk-screen printed linen
10 x 18 feet Please click on image again for more detail.

Commissioned by the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art for the exhibition "Ahistoric Occasion: On the Uses of History," North Adams. Curated by Nato Thompson. Fabric printed by Allison Smith, Liz Collins, and Elaine Chen at the Rhode Island School of Design Textiles department, Providence. Photo credit Laura Mueller.
Allison SMITH  Silk-screen printed linen
Camp Curtain (Muster of 2005 Commemorative Textile)
2006
Silk-screen printed linen

Commissioned by the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art for the exhibition "Ahistoric Occasion: On the Uses of History," North Adams. Curated by Nato Thompson. Fabric printed by Allison Smith, Liz Collins, and Elaine Chen at the Rhode Island School of Design Textiles department, Providence. Photo credit Allison Smith.
Allison SMITH  Paint, linen, wood
Crossed Compass Rose Flags
2005
Paint, linen, wood
50 in. x 56 in. Please click on image again for more detail.

"Allison Smith: Victory Hall," Bellwether, New York. Photo credit Bellwether.
Allison SMITH
Untitled (Holly Hobby)
2006

"Allison Smith: Hobby Horse," Artpace San Antonio, Texas.
Allison SMITH  Paint, slip cast ceramic, linen, wool, cotton, leather, hemp fibers, brass, glass, painted linen
Zouave Dolls
2008
Paint, slip cast ceramic, linen, wool, cotton, leather, hemp fibers, brass, glass, painted linen
Installation view, dimensions variable.

"The Old, Weird America," Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. Curated by Toby Kamps. Photo courtesy of CAMH.
Allison SMITH  Paint, slip cast ceramic, linen, wool, cotton, leather, hemp fibers, brass, glass, painted linen
Zouave Dolls
2008
Paint, slip cast ceramic, linen, wool, cotton, leather, hemp fibers, brass, glass, painted linen
Installation view, dimensions variable.

"The Old, Weird America," deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts. Curated by Toby Kamps.
Allison SMITH  Paint, slip cast ceramic, linen, wool, cotton, leather, hemp fibers, brass, glass, painted linen
Zouave Dolls
2008
Paint, slip cast ceramic, linen, wool, cotton, leather, hemp fibers, brass, glass, painted linen
Installation view, dimensions variable.

"The Old, Weird America," deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts. Curated by Toby Kamps.