Michael Smith.

Michael Smith.

Michael Smith

Michael Smith is a video/performance/installation artist known for his eponymous performance persona named Mike, the central figure in an ongoing series of large-scale narrative based projects. Mike, an innocent who continually falls victim to trends and fashions while traversing an imperfect landscape, allows Smith to create an unsettling mixture of humor and pathos while commenting on discrepancies and absurdities in our culture.

Smith has shown his work extensively around the US and Europe at a variety of venues including museums, galleries, universities, festivals, nightclubs, on television and in the streets. In New York City Smith has had solo shows, screenings and performances at The Whitney Museum of American Art, The New Museum, MoMA,  Christine Burgin Gallery, The Kitchen, Franklin Furnace, Dixon Place, The Bottom Line and Caroline’s Comedy Club. In 2007/08, Smith’s retrospective “Mike’s World: Solo and Collaborative Works by Michael Smith and Joshua White (& other collaborators)” was exhibited at the Blanton Museum in Austin and at The ICA in Philadelphia. Smith was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial, and  “The Pictures Generation: 1974-1984” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “A Voyage of Growth and Discovery,” a large-scale installation that was made in collaboration Mike Kelley and premiered in 2009 at the Sculpture Center in Long Island City will be on view this fall 2011, at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in the UK.

Michael Smith has received numerous awards including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts and most recently from The Center for Advanced Visual Studies at M.I.T, the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation.

He lives in Brooklyn and Austin, Texas where he teaches in the art department at the University of Texas.

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