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  • December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM
    December 31, 1969
    7:00 PM

Shinique Smith

Born in Baltimore, MD, 1971
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

Day 14: Shinique Smith

Many found objects, ranging from old fabrics and discarded picture frames to sneakers and T-shirts make up much of Baltimore-native Shinique Smith’s intriguing art. She sometimes incorporates street graffiti and Japan calligraphy in works that are at once commentary on public consumption and personal reflection. Such is the case with her captivating 2007 sculpture, a bull, a rose, a tempest, which she once described as part of a “big requiem.” The work incorporates memorabilia of deceased artists, including a T-shirt featuring the late rapper Tupac Shakur, who entered the Baltimore School of the Arts the same year she left it.


This noted actress is also an alumna of the Baltimore School of the Arts.



2003 M.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
2000 M.A.T., Tufts University & The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
1992 B.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

Selected Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2010 Shinique Smith, curated by Steven Matijcio , Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), Winston-Salem, NC.
Shinique Smith: Menagerie, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, Miami Florida(continuing in 2011 at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison WI).
Shinique Smith: No Words,Yvon Lambert, Paris.
Shinique Smith: My Heart Is My Hand, Illinois State University Galleries, College of Fine Arts, Normal IL.
2009 Ten Times Myself,  Yvon Lambert, New York.
Shinique Smith: Like it Like that, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York.
2008 Good Knot, Yvon Lambert, London.
Shinique Smith: Torch Songs, Saltworks Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2007 Primetime: Shinique Smith & Mickalene Thomas, Caren Golden Fine Art, New York, NY
Shinique Smith: ALL PURPOSE, Moti Hasson Gallery, New York, NY [cat.]
Shinique Smith: Lost & Found, Franklin ArtWorks, Minneapolis, MN
Shinique Smith: Open Strings, Skestos Gabriele Gallery, Chicago, IL
2006 Shinique Smith: No dust, no stain, Cuchifritos Art Gallery/Project Space, New York, NY
2005 OverStock, The Proposition, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

2010 At Home / Not At Home: Works From The Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg , Center for Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture, Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson NY.
Reflection, Nathan Bernstein Gallery, New York (catalogue).
2009 Extended Family: Contemporary Connections , Brooklyn Museum.
Embrace!, Denver Art Museum, Denver (catalogue).
30 Seconds off an Inch, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (catalogue).
Next Wave Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn.
2008 Freeway Balconies, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany [cat.]
Into the Trees, The Fields Sculpture Park, Ghent, NY
RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution,
Washington, DC [cat.]

Something From Nothing, Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans.
The Stranger, Yvon Lambert, New York, NY
The Way That We Rhyme: Women, Art & Politics, YBCA Galleries at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San
Francisco, CA

Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye, Maryland Institute College of Art, Gateway Galleries, Baltimore.
2007 Body Politic: Casey Cook, Wangechi Mutu, Shinque Smith, Tory Wright, Branch Gallery, Durham, NC
My Love is a 187: Mark Bradford, Titus Kaphar, Mickalene Thomas & Shinique Smith, The Luggage Store,
San Francisco, CA
Ready-Made, Yvon Lambert, New York, NY; traveled to Yvon Lambert, Paris, France
Unmonumental: The Object in the 21st Century, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY [cat.]
2006 Altered, Stitched & Gathered, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY
2005 Frequency, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY [cat.]

Selected Collections

Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami, FL
The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

30 Americans is organized by the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. The presenting sponsor at the Corcoran Gallery of Art is Altria Group.

Additional support has been provided by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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