Department of Art and Art History Performance

Michael Smith performs at Frieze London

Tue. October 14, 2014


Image courtesy of the artist and gallery Dan Gunn (Berlin)

For the Focus section of the 2014 Frieze Art Fair in London, Smith will be restaging his Government Approved Home Fallout Shelter Snackbar installation from 1983. The installation, presented by Dan Gunn Gallery (Berlin), is one of Smith’s most important and earliest installations and its first exhibition outside of the US.


This year’s themed section, “Live,” organized by curators Raphael Gygax and Jacob Proctor is dedicated to ambitious performance-based installations and will include works specially conceived for Frieze as well as the re-staging of a number of important historical pieces.

Michael Smith installation during the 2014 Frieze Art Fair

Sat. September 27, 2014

artist standing in installation of bar
Image courtesy of the artist

For the Focus section of the 2014 Frieze Art Fair London, Michael Smith will be restaging his Government Approved Home Fallout Shelter Snackbar installation from 1983. The installation, presented by Dan Gunn Gallery (Berlin), is one of Smith’s most important and earliest installations and this will be its first exhibition outside of the US.

This year’s themed section, Live, organized by curators Raphael Gygax and Jacob Proctor is dedicated to ambitious performance-based installations and will include works specially conceived for Frieze as well as the re-staging of a number of important historical pieces.

Michael Smith presents Threshold

Fri. September 26, 2014

portrait of mike smith and baby ikki personality side by side
Mike and Baby Ikki, 1981. Photo by Kevin Noble

Threshold, is a new site-specific performance developed for the 2014 Nuit Blanche Toronto Festival. The performance takes place in Toronto City Hall's Council Chambers and will engage live performance and video projections edited in real time. Combining the feeling and pace of C-SPAN with the occasional up-tempo breaks featured in the five o’clock news, Smith’s video and performance persona’s overlapping narratives depict Mike and Ikki attempting to do their civic duties against the backdrop of Toronto’s legislature. Lost in their own worlds, the fumbling everyman offers a stark contrast to the ageless toddler, unmoored and eager to experience everything within reach.

Threshold is presented in conjunction with Performance Anxiety, curated by Heather Pesanti for Nuit Blanche Toronto. The performance will occur on October 4.

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