Mary T. Smith
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
Mary T. Smith lived alone in a house on Highway 51 outside Hazlehurst, Mississippi. A domestic worker and former tenant farmer, she surrounded her home with paintings on wood and metal that depict people and personal spiritual texts. Informed by yard art traditions, nearby billboards, and her Christian beliefs, Smith’s painting installation was a form of divine conversation between its domestic, everyday characteristics and eternal glory.
Oil or acrylic on wood
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Gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation from the William S. Arnett Collection, 2018
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Mary T. Smith (American, 1905-1995). They Too, 1987. Oil or acrylic on wood, 32 × 24 in. (81.3 × 61.0 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation from the William S. Arnett Collection, 2018, 2018.37.4. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: , CUR.2018.37.4.jpg)
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