The collection comprises
Coffin, a unique set of twenty-five hand-bound artist's books documenting
Barbara T. Smith's experiments with an early Xerox 914 copy machine, and a set of working
materials and other works related to the Coffin series.
Barbara T. Smith, a pioneer in performance and body art, was born in Pasadena, California
in 1931. She studied painting, art history and religion at Pomona College, graduating in
1953. In 1965, she began to study at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, and in
1971, she received her MFA from the University of California, Irvine. While attending UC
Irvine, she founded, together with Nancy Buchanan and Chris Burden, the student-run
experimental art gallery F-Space. It was at F-Space during the late 1960s where Smith
launched her career as an artist at the forefront of feminist, body, and performance art.