Barbara T. Smith
Barbara T. Smith, a pioneer in West Coast performance art, was born in 1931 in Pasadena, California. She studied painting, art history, and religion at Pomona College and received her MFA from the University of California, Irvine in 1971. With Nancy Buchanan, Chris Burden, and others of her cohort, Smith co-founded the student-run F-Space Gallery as a venue for experimental work that could not be staged on campus, such as Burden’s notorious Shoot (1971). Smith’s own pieces emphasized ceremony and corporeality, as in Ritual Meal (1969) and Field Piece (1971).