Allison Smith: The Muster : a Project of the Public Art Fund, Governors Island, New York, Saturday, May the 14th, 2005
Allison Smith uses American history and traditional crafts as a starting point from which to imagine and create new narratives for the twenty-first century. "The Muster" documents an open-air public event staged by the Public Art Fund on May 14, 2005, during which Smith appointed herself Mustering Officer and asked the public, "What are you fighting for?" More than 70 volunteers answered her call to arms, creating a temporary "militia" in which each enlistee designed his or her own uniform and created a campsite expressing his or her stated cause, from the political to the whimsical, addressing art history, technology, craft, gender politics, gay rights, democracy and sociology, just to name a few. "The Muster" is designed with an eye toward utilitarian government-issue printed materials, just as the exhibition brochures and announcements were modeled on Civil War-era broadsheets, circus posters and soldier's diaries. Smith was born in Manassas, Virginia, in 1972. She is represented in New York by Bellwether Gallery.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
19thlcentury aesthetic ALLISON SMITH American Armory Show army artist banner battle Becky Smith BEYER BLUE OCEAN INSTITUTE BryanlWilson called camp campsite CHARLES BEYER Civil collective colors costume craft Craycroft created Declaration of Causes disco Dressed ECCLES Eisenman encampment enlistment form event fashion field desk fighting FITZPATRICK flag Fort Jay freedom gallery GARY GRAHAM genderqueer GINGER BROOKS TAKAHASHI Governors Island H.ll historic HOUFEK inspired installation Iraq Jacob Robichaux Jllj Josiah McElheny Julia Kid Rock Knit LIZ COLLINS Lynch M.ll magic Manhattan Marie maypole messages military Morse Mustering Officer National night NOTION NANNY p.lH painted participants PEDULLA performance pink political proclaimed Public Art Fund Purcell Purcell's question Rachel rally Rebecca reenactment roll Slow Jams Band social soldiers song spectators tent Tlshirt traditional Trench Art troops uniform utopian visitors wearing William Bryan women wooden wore York Zouaves