gesture III: one great turning a performance video made by shinique smith with kairos dance theater commissioned by the rose kennedy greenway in partnership with Museum of Fine Arts Boston
“Working with DeAnna and KAIROS Dance Theater was like a meeting of kindred spirits. She understood what I was trying to achieve in my video and we worked well together to manifest beautiful art. I admire and respect KAIROS’ intuitively crafted works and their ability to translate invisible forces into movement.” -Shinique Smith | Visual Artist
“KAIROS pushes the limits of the physical body and draws viewers in with their mesmerizing repetitious and rhythmic arrangements. I knew KAIROS’ innovative dance-making techniques would be the perfect complement to Shinique Smith’s style of working.” -Lucas Cowan | Curator, Rose Kennedy Greenway
Gesture III: One Great Turning, a performance video made collaboratively with internationally acclaimed visual artist Shinique Smith, was commissioned by The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy. The video was filmed during the summer of 2015 in front of Smith’s 70-by-76 foot mural Seven Moon Junction temporarily installed at Boston’s Dewey Square Park.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Shinique Smith now lives and works in Upstate New York. Her work is inspired by the vast nature of ‘things’ that we consume and discard, which resonate on a personal and social scale. The Graffiti of her youth, Japanese calligraphy, and Abstraction are influences from which she extracts “the graceful and spiritual qualities in written word and the everyday.”
A new survey of her work, SHINIQUE SMITH: Wonder and Rainbows was on view at The Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville through January 10, 2016.
Shinique has created a new mural at Elk Camp in Aspen/Snomass for the Aspen Art Museum, which is on view through October 2016, and created a performance space at a playground in Philadelphia as her contribution to Open Source a citywide public arts exhibition with Mural Arts in Philadelphia curated by Pedro Alonso. Her project for this show is being featured on Articulate with Jim Cotter for WHYY TV, along with Sam Durant and Swoon.
Smith’s work has also been exhibited in numerous exhibitions at prestigious venues such as The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (Madison WI), The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery (Washington DC), Yerba Buena Contemporary Arts Center, CAC New Orleans, The New Museum (New York), MOMA/PS1 (New York), and The Studio Museum in Harlem among others.
Permanent public installations are on view at The UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay in San Francisco, The Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot, New York MTA/Art in Transit and The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in collaboration with Art Production Fund.
Smith earned her BFA (1992) & MFA (2003) from Maryland Institute College of Art, where she now serves on the Board of Trustees and her MAT (2000) from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University.