He or she is greatest who sets the greatest original practical example."

"I sing the body electric."

"She is silent, she is possessed of herself, they do not offend her."

"I do not ask who you are . . .that is not important to me. You can do nothing and be nothing and I will enfold you."

"Who has gone farthest? For I would go farther . . ."

"She does not tarry to smooth her hair or adjust her cap."

"Play the old role, the role that is great or small according as one makes it."

"Who knows but these lessons may be fit for you?"

—Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, 1855
PROJECT STATEMENT

Alexis Smith Playing Cards Made in USA is an uncut sheet of playing cards, pulled from Smith's use of found materials and literary aphorisms. Each card pairs a quote from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass with old-timey symbols of Americana creating a work that is at once playful, provocative and patriotic. Smith herself is jauntily represented as The Joker-Uncle Sam, like a Master of Ceremonies welcoming us to the show. Individually the cards can be read as profound, wry or cryptic snippets; collectively they create a work of art that ponders the contradictions of life in the United States of America.

Originally Alexis Smith Playing Cards Made in USA was commissioned as a deck of cards for the Museum of Contemporay Art, Los Angeles in 2007 for their historic exhibition Wack! Art and the Feminist Revolution. Smith archived the full proof, with the idea that this work would be an interesting future project. Ten years later, The Lapis Press is honored to produce this new edition, capturing the spirit and quality of the original.

Alexis Smith explores gender, culture, and materialism within traditional Western myths, creating her own anthropological language with found imagery and literary quotes. Through folksy clip art and Whitman's visionary poem, Alexis Smith Playing Cards Made in USA speaks of America as a state of mind, a place of expansion and brave individuality. The American Dream, with all of its expectations and disappointments, as well as fate, destiny, love and death are laid out as a playful meditation on being humane and human. The uncut sheet implies these pursuits are open to all as opposed to the luck of the draw.

BIOGRAPHY

Born 1949, Los Angeles, CA
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Education:

1970 BA, University of California at Irvine, CA
Solo Exhibitions:

2017    
On Point, Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2016    
The Sorcerer's Apprentice, with Amy Gerstler, Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, CA

2015
History in the Making, Garth Greenan Gallery, New York, NY
Chandlerisms, Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA

2013
Slice of Life, Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, CA
Alexis Smith: Second Nature, Craig Krull Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2011
Alexis Smith: Early Works, Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2009
Imitation of Life, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Play it as it Lays, Thomas Solomon Gallery at Cottage Home, Los Angeles, CA

2004
LUST/RUST/DUST, Artemis Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York, NY

2003
Living Dangerously, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Sorcerer's Apprentice and Past Lives: Installations by Alexis Smith and Amy Gerstler, The University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY

2002
Local Color, David Floria Gallery, Aspen, CO
Real World: Collage Works 1981-2002, Modernism, San Francisco, CA

2001
An Embarrassment of Riches, Lawrence Rubin Greenberg Van Doren Fine Art, New York, NY

2000
The Sorcerer's Apprentice, with Amy Gerstler, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL (traveling); Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
Fools Rush In, Ameringer Howard, Boca Raton, FL

1999
Words to Live By, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1997
My Favorite Sport, Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
A Matter of Taste, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

1995
The Farmer's Daughter, Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TX
Cherished Notions, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1994
The Wonder Years, 1973-1983, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1993
Alexis Smith, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Looking for America, Pasadena City College Art Gallery, Pasadena, CA

1991
Alexis Smith: Public Works, Mandeville Gallery, University of California, San Diego, CA
Alexis Smith, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (traveling);
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

1990
Eldorado (On the Road, Part II), Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1989
Past Lives, Josh Baer Gallery, New York, NY
Past Lives, with Amy Gerstler, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

1988
On The Road, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1987
Same Old Paradise, Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
Alexis Smith + Joseph Cornell: Parallels, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO

1986
Viewpoints: Alexis Smith, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Currents: Alexis Smith, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA

1985
Jane, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1983
Selections from Christmas Eve, 1943, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, NY

1982
Christmas Eve, 1943, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Satan's Satellites, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Chinese Junk, Clocktower, New York, NY

1981
U.S.A., Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, NY
Stardust, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Stardust, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA

1980
Raymond Chandler's L.A., Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
New World, commissioned installation, House & Garden Magazine, Condé Nast Studios, New York, NY
Stardust, performance with Heide Hardin, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles, CA (traveling); Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA

1979
The Room on the Other Side of the Mirror, De Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Magic Mountain, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, NY
Autumn Sonata, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art (LAICA), Los Angeles, CA

1978
April Foole, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, NY
The Magic Mountain, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Medium, performance, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Art of Magic, Close-up, performance with Tony DeLap, Baxter Art Gallery, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

1977
Tales of Mystery and Enchantment, Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Alexis Smith, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, NY

1976
Star Material, Mandeville Art Gallery, University of California, San Diego, CA
Alexis Smith, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
Scherherezade the Storyteller, CARP, Los Angeles, CA

1975
Anteroom, CARP, Los Angeles, CA
Rapido, Art Galleries, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
Alexis Smith, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Classics Illustrated, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

1974
Alexis Smith, Riko Mizuno Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2017    
Los Angeles: A Fiction, Musée d'Art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France
Forms of Identity: Women Artists in the 90s, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Chapters: Book Arts in Southern California, Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2016    
Los Angeles: A Fiction, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, Norway
A Retrospective Space: UC San Diego's University Art Gallery, UC San Diego Faculty Club, San Diego, CA
Holdings: Selections from MCASD's Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Collected, Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, CA
Physical: Sex and the Body in the 1980s, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
CALIFORNIA 101: Art from the Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

2015    
A Performative Trigger: Radicals of Irvine, University Art Gallery at UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Irvine, CA
Drawing in L.A.: the 1960s and 70s, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

2014    
The Avant-Garde Collection, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA

2013    
L'Objet Trouve: Readymade, Rectified and Reassembled, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, NY
Freeway Studies #1: This Side of the 405, Otis College of Art and Design, Los   Angeles, CA

2012
Arctic Summer, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Drawn, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2011
Best Kept Secret: UCI and the Development of Contemporary Art in Southern California, 1964-1971, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981, The Geffen Conemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA
The Feminine Canvas, Beacon Arts Building, Los Angeles, CA
High Fidelity: Selections from the 1960s and the 1970s, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA

2010
S, M, L, Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York, NY
Works in Edition, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2009
Elles@centrepompidou, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Glue, Paper, Scissors, Luckman Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles, CA
Reading Standing Up, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2008
Selections from the Imagery Estate Winery Permanent CollectionCurated by Bob Nugent, Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA
index: conceptualism in California from the permanent collection The Geffen Contemporary, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Summer 2008, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2007
Made in California: Contemporary California Art from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Malibu, CA
SoCal: Southern California Art of the 1960s and 70s from LACMA's Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Evidence of Movement, The J. Paul Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA
Art Since the 1960s: California Experiments, Orange COunty Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Wack!, Art and the Feminist Revolution, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA, Traveled to: P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, MoMA, Long Island City, NY, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Corpus Humorous, Shatford Library, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA
Multiple Vantage Points: Southern California Women Artists, 1980-2006, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2006
The Searchers, White Box, New York, NY

2005
Nineteen Plus One: Artists-in-Residence Retrospective Exhibition, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA
After Cézanne, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Conceptual Photography from the Collection, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
Art of Engagement: Paintings, Drawings, Prints & Sculpture, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA
Southern Exposure, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
The Poetics of Travel, Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, CA
WivesHusbands, Domestic Setting, Los Angeles, CA

2004
Now and Then Some, Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont Graduate University, Calremont, CA
100 Artists See God, The Jewish Museum San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, Traveled to Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA, Albright College Freedman Art Gallery, Reading, PA, Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TN, Curated by John Baldessari and Meg Cranston

2003
Raid the Icebox, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2002
Quasi Come: The Beauty of Fake and Forgery in Literature and Art, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Los Angeles, CA
Cowboys, Indians & The Big Picture, McMullen Museum, Boston College, Boston, MA
Some Assemblage Required: Collage Culture in Post-War America, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY, Traveled to Madison Art Center, Madison, WI, Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL
Visions from America: Photographs from the Whitney Museum of American Art 1940-2001, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Parallels and Intersections: Art/Women/California 1950 - 2000, San Jose Art Museum, San Jose, CA
C.O.L.A. 2002, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA
1987 American Academy Invitational Exhibition of Painting & Sculpture, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
Roy Dowell, Daniel Mendel-Black, Alexis Smith, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2001
Beau Monde: Toward a Redeemed Cosmopolitanism, Site Santa Fe 2001 Bienniel, Site Santa Fe, NM
Recasting the Past: Beneath the Hollywood Tinsel, California State University, Fullerton, CA
Seeing or Believing, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Evidence of Love: Romance, Desire, & Fantasy, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles
Postmodern Americans: A Selection, The Menil Collection, Houston, TX
A Way with Words: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art, Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New York, NY

2000
Made in California, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Library, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
12 Divas, Molly Barnes Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Big Go Stands for Goodness: Corita Kent's 1960s POP, Luckman Fine Arts Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Michael Duncan, traveled to: Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, UT, Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV, Art Gallery, University of Texas, San Antonio, TX

1999
Radical P.A.S.T.: Contemporary Art & Music in Pasadena, 1960-1974, Norton Simon Museum of Art, Armory Center for the Arts, The New Pasadena Gallery, Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery at Art Center College of Design, CA
The Eclectic Eye, Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Collections, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, CA

1998
90069, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1997
A Singular Vision: Prints from Landfall Press, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Sunshine & Noir: Art in L.A. 1960-1997, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark, traveled to: Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy, UCLA at the Armand Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Scene of the Crime, UCLA at the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA Continuity Contradiction, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Landfall Press: 25 Years of Printmaking, Milwaukee Art Museum, WI
Blurring the Boundaries: Installation Art 1970-1996, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY, Traveled to: Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA, Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, AZ, Davenport Art Museum, Davenport, IA, University of Texas, Austin, TX, San Jose Museum of Art, SAn Jose, CA, Marco Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Monterrey, Mexico, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
Untitled (Reading Room), Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Commercial Art, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
Art Works: The Paine Webber Collection of Contemporary Masters, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, Traveled to: Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA, Center for the Fine Arts, Miami, FL
New Visions: Los Angeles Art in the 90's, Armand Hammer Museum of Art

1994
Elvis + Marilyn: 2 x Immortal, Institute of Contemporary ARt, Boston, MA, traveled to: Contemporary ARt Museum, Houston, TX, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary ARt, Jacksonville, FL, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, Phillbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH, Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, Honolulu Academy of Art, Honolulu, HI
The Art Cup, Garth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Graphic Language: Printmaking and Popular Culture, 1960-1990, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
Sunshine & Noir: Art in L.A. 1960-1997, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark
Drawings, Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TX
Romance, Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

1993
Picasso to Christo: The Evolution of a Collection, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
A Complete Hand of One Suit, Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
LA Stories, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA
Transitional Realities, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
Western Myth: Twentieth Century Update, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
Collage and Assemblage, Lennon, Weinberg, Inc., New York, NY
Proof: Los Angeles Art and the Photograph, 1960-1980, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA, traveled to DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln Park, Lincon, MA, The Friends of Photogrpahy, Ansel Adams Center, San Francisco, CA, Montgomery Museum of fine Arts, Montgomery, AL, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL, De Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
Connections: Explorations in the Getty Center Collections by Raymond Pettibon, Ed Ruscha, Alexis Smith, Buzz Spector, The Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, Santa Monica, CA
The Edge of Childhood, The Heckscher Museum, New York, NY, curated by Barbara Coller
Hollywood, Hollywood, Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
Transforming the Western Image in the 20th Century American Art, Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA, Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ, The Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY

1991
A Passion for Art/Watercolors and Works on Paper, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York Addiction, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
Framed, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Songs of Innocence Songs of Experience, Whitney Museum of American Art at Equitable Center, New York, NY
Poets/Painters Collaborations, Brooke Alexander Edition, New York, NY
20th Century Collage, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, traveled to: Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Mexico, Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, Nice, France
Crossing the Line: Word and Image in Art, 1960-1990, Montgomery Gallery, Pomona College, Claremont, CA
Word as Image: American Art 1960-1990, Milwaukee Art Museum, WI, Traveled to: Oklahoma City Art Museum, Oklahoma City, OK, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX

1989
Image World: Art and Media Culture, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Selections from the Beatrice and Philip Gersh Collection, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Constructing a History: A Focus on MOCA's Permanent Collection, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Art in the Public Eye: Selected Developments, Security Pacific Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
Forty Years of California Assemblage, Wight Art Gallery, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, traveled to: San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE
A Brave New World: John Baldessari/Vernon Fisher/Stephen Prina/Ed Ruscha/Alexis Smith, Karsten Schubert Ltd., London, UK
Making Their Mark: Women Artists Move into the Mainstream, 1970-85, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH, traveled to: New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Contemporary American Collage, 1960-1985, Herter Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, Traveled to: Benson Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, Lehigh University Gallery, Bethlehem, PA, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH, Stedman Art Gallery, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ, Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
Lost and Found in California: Four Decades of Assemblage Art, James Corcoran Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Auto-Perceptions: Los Angeles Artists and the Car, Gallery 1220, Perloff Hall, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Striking Distance, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, Traveled to Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA, Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA, University Art Gallery, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA

1987
comic iconoclasm, Institue of Contemporary Arts, London, UK, Traveled to: Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Collection, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD, Traveled to: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, Walker Art Center, MN, San Antonio Art Insitute, San Antonio, TX, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL, Norton Gallery and School of Art, West Palm Beach, FL, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO
Los Angeles Today: Contemporary Visions, Amerika Haus, Berlin, Germany, traveled to: Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Avant-Garde in the Eighties, Installation, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Concept/reality: Los Angeles Public Art, University Art Gallery, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, and The Fine Arts Building, Los Angeles, CA, Curated by Michelle Isenberg and Bob Privitt
The Years of Passage, 1969-75, Fresno Arts Center and Museum, Fresno, CA

1986
Text & Image: The Wording of American Art, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, NY
Individuals: A Selected History of Contemporary Art 1945-1986, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles,CA
A Southern California Collection, Cirrus, Los Angeles, CA
Rememberances of Things Past, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
Teaching Artists: The UCLA Faculty of Art & Design, Wight Art gallery, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Passages: A Survey of California Women Artists, 1945 to Present, Fresno Arts Center and Museum, Fresno, CA
Gentleman's Choice, The Woman's Building Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Spectrum: In Other Words, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Contemporary Art from Southern California, U.S. Embassy, Helsinki, Finland
Hollywood: Inside and Out, Los Angeles, Municipal Art Gallery

1985
Art Out, Claremont Graduate School Art Department, Claremont, CA
Selections from the William J. Hokin Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Critical Messages: The Use of Public Media for Political Art by Women, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL
Selections from the Permanent Collection, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA
Artpark, Lewiston, NY

1984
Selections from the Merry and Bill Norris Collection, Fine Arts Gallery, University of California, Irvine
Verbally Charged Images, Queens Museum, Flushing, NY, traveled to USF Art Galleries, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, University Art Gallery, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, Art Gallery, California State College, San Bernardino, CO, Blanden Memorial art Musuem, Fort Dodge, IA, Foster Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, WI, Independent Curators, INc., New York, NY
Crime and Punishment: Reflections of Violence in Contemporary Art, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Significant Others, Patty Aande Gallery, San Diego, CA
MacArthur Park Public Art Program: Phase I-IV, Otis Art Institute at Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles, CA
A Contemporary Collection on Loan from the Rothschild Bank, Ag, Zurich, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
Contemporary Collage - Extensions, Montgomery Art Gallery, Pomona College, Pomona, CA
Directions 1983, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
Exchange Between Artists: Poland - U.S.A., The Douglas Hyde Gallery, University of Dublin, Ireland
Young Talent Awards, 1963-1983, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Cultural Excavations: Recent and Distant, Japanese American Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
Inaugural Exhibition, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, NY
Perspectives of Landscape, Fuller-Goldeen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Comic Art Show, Whitney Museum of American Art, Downtown Branch, New   York, NY

1982
Contemporary Los Angeles Artists, Nagoya City Museum, Nagoya, Japan, Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
New Work, Rosamund Felson Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Une Experience Museographique: Echange Entre Artistes, 1931-1982, Cologne - U.S.A., Musé e d'Art Moderne, Paris, France
The Americans: The Collage, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
Poetic Objects, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC

1981
Poetic Visions, Otis Art Institute at Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles, CA
Words as Images, The Renaissance Society at Bergman Gallery, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Messages, Freedman GAllery, Albright College, Reading, PA
Humor in Art, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

1980
Views Over America, Junior Council, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Tableau, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Southern California Drawings, Joselott Gallery, University of Hartford, West Hartford,
Audrey Strohl Gallery, Memphis, TN
Xmas in July, Rosamund Felson Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Words and Numbers, Summit Art Center, Summit, NJ
Drawings, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY

1979
Storytelling in Art, American Foundation for the Arts Museum, Miami, FL
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Paper on Paper, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
Words and Images, Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Decade in Review, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Kunstler Schaufenster, window installation Stairway to the Stars, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria
American Narrative/Story of Art, 1968-78, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX, Traveled to Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba, Canada, University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA
Paris Biennal a Nice, Musée de Nice, France
Paris Biennal a Strausbourg, Strausbourg, France
Southern California Styles of the 60's and 70's, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
Narration, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
Gallery as Lithography Studio, California State University, Fullerton, CA

1978
Three Generations: Studies in Collage, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1977
Artists' Books, Mills College, Oakland, CA
Narrative Themes/Audio Works, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Paris Biennal a Nice, Musée de Nice, France
The American Section of the Paris Biennale, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
Gold & Silver, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, NY
Via Los Angeles: Asher, Burden, C. Davis, Hunt, Ruppersberg, Smith, Portland Center for the Visual Arts, Portland, OR
AutobiographiCalifornial Fantasies, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Southland Video Anthology, Part I, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
Los Angeles, Penthouse Gallery, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
New Selections: New Talent Award Winners, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Both Kinds, Contemporary Art from Los Angeles, University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA
Four Los Angeles Artists: Foulkes, Goode, Smith, Wheeler, Visual Arts Museum, New York, NY, traveled to: Corocoran Gallery of American Art, Washington, DC, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
Work, Image, Number, Sarah Lawrence College Gallery, Bronxville, NY
Visual/Verbal, The Art Galleries, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
University of California at Irvine, 1965-75, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
Word Works, Art Gallery, Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA
Works Selected by Nicholas Wilder, Art Gallery, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
Greater Magic, Mungar, Smith, Titus, Art Gallery, University of California, Irvine, CA
Margaret Lowe, Barbara Munger, Alexis Smith, Margaret Wilson, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Southern California Attitudes, Pasadena Museum of Modern Art, Pasadena, CA

Awards:

2008
Cotzen Award, Barnsdall Art Center

2002
C.O.L.A. Individual Artist Fellowship

1987
Fellowship Grant, National Endowment for the Arts

1976
Fellowship Grant, National Endowment for the Arts

1974
New Talent Award, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Collections:

Bank of America, Los Angeles, CA
Capital Group Companies, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
Chase Manhattan Bank
Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI
Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Norton Family Foundation, Santa Monica, CA
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Progressive Corporation, Mayfield, OH
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Stuart Collection, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
UBS PaineWebber Collection
Hammer Museum, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Walt Disney Company, Los Angeles, CA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Selected publications:

2011
Mark, Lisa Gabrielle and Paul Schimmel, Under The Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981. Los Angeles: Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and DelMonic Prestal

2009
Rattemeyer, Christian ed., Judith Rothschild Foundation Catalogue Raisonné. New York: Museum of Modern Art

2007
Butler, Cornelia H. and Lisa Gabrielle Mark, WACK!: Art and the Feminist Revolution. Cambridge: MIT Press

2006
Grenier, Catherine, Los Angeles 1955-1985 Birth of an Art Capital. Paris: Centre
Pompidou

2004
100 Artists See God. New York: Independent Curators International
Coast of Dreams: California on the Edge, 1990-2003. New York: Knopf

2002
Piche Jr., Thomas and Mark Alilce Durant. Some Assembly Required: Collage Culture in Post-War America. Syracuse: Everson Museum of Art, illus. p. 71
Burgess Fuller, Diana and Daniela Salvioni, eds. Art / Women / California: Parallels and Intersections 1950-2000. San Jose and Berkeley: San Jose Museum of Art and University of California Press, illus. p. 110-11
C.O.L.A. 2002 Individual Artist Fellowships. Los Angeles: City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, illus. p. 37-40

2001
Beebe, Mary Livingstone et al. Landmarks: Sculpture Commissions for The Stuart Collection at the University of California, San Diego. New York: Rizzoli, p. 190-97
Westbrook, Adele, ed. A Creative Legacy: A History of the National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists' Fellowship Program 1966-1995. New York: Harry N. Abrams, illus. p. 110

2000
Barron, Stephanie, Sheri Bernstein, and Ilene Susan Fort. Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity, 1900-2000. Los Angeles: University of California Press
Blurring the Boundaries: Installation Art 1970-1996. San Diego: Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
Sunshine & Noir: Art in L.A. 1960-1997. Humlebæk, Denmark: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

2000
Isenberg, Barbara. State of the Arts; California Artists Talk About Their Work. New York: Harper Collins

1997
Rugoff, Ralph. Scene of the Crime. Los Angeles & Cambridge, MA: Hammer Museum of Art and MIT Press, p. 31, 45, 82, 153

1995
25 Years. Los Angeles: Margo Leavin Gallery

1992
Hollywood, Hollywood. Pasadena: Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Design
Proof: Los Angeles Art and the Photograph, 1960-1990. Laguna Beach: Laguna Art Museum

1991
Alexis Smith: Public Works. San Diego: Mandeville Gallery, University of California, San Diego
Armstrong, Richard. Alexis Smith. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art and Rizzoli
Transforming the Western Image in Twentieth Century American Art. Palm Springs: Palm Springs Desert Museum
Crossing the Line: Word and Image in Art 1960-1990. Claremont, CA: Montgomery Gallery, Pomona College
Making Their Mark: Women Artists Move into the Mainstream, 1970-85. Cincinnati: Cincinnati Art Museum
Forty Years of California Assemblage. Los Angeles: Wight Art Gallery, University of   California
Art in the Public Eye: Selected Developments. Costa Mesa: Security Pacific Gallery
A Brave New World: John Baldessari/Vernon Fisher//Stephen Prina/Ed Ruscha/  Alexis Smith. London: Karsten Schubert
Image World: Art and Media Culture. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art
Selections from the Beatrice and Philip Gersh Collection. Los Angeles: Museum of   Contemporary Art

1989
Hopkins, Henry. California Painters: New Work. San Francisco: Chronicle Books

1987
Avant-Garde in the Eighties. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art

1986
Viewpoint: Alexis Smith. Minneapolis: Walker Art Center
Remembrances of Things Past. Long Beach: Long Beach Museum of Art
Individuals: A Selected History in Contemporary Art 1945-1986. Los Angeles: Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

1985
Levin, Kim. Theories of Contemporary Art. New York: Prentice Hall
Jane. Los Angeles: Margo Leavin Gallery
Selections from the William J. Hokin Collection. Chicago: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

1984
Marshall, Richard. American Art Since 1970. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, p. 106-07
Verbally Charged Images. New York: Queens Museum, p. 22
Crime and Punishment: Reflections of Violence in Contemporary Art. Santa Clara: Triton Museum of Art
An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture. New York: Museum of Modern Art
Selections from the Merry and Bill Norris Collection. Irvine: Fine Arts Gallery, University of California, Irvine
MacArthur Park Public Art Program: Phase I-IV. Los Angeles: Otis Art Institute at Parsons School of Design

1983
A Contemporary Collection on Loan from the Rothschild Bank. Zurich
Contemporary Collage --- Extensions. Pomona: Montgomery Art Gallery, Pomona College
New Directions, 1983. Washington D.C.: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Young Talent Awards, 1963-1983. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Cultural Excavations: Recent and Distant. Los Angeles: Japanese American Cultural Center
Inaugural Exhibition. New York: Holly Solomon Gallery

1982
Une Experience Museographique: Echange Entre Artistes, 1931-1982, Cologne-U.S.A. Paris: Musée d'Art Moderne

1981
Forty Famous Californians: Recent Unique Works on Paper. New York: Judith Christian Gallery
Words as Images. Chicago: University of Chicago
Whitney Biennial. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art
Messages. Reading, PA: Freedman Gallery, Albright College
Museum as Site: Sixteen Installations. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art

1980
Tableau. Los Angeles: Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art

1979
Kunstler Schaufenster. Graz: Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum
Words and Images. Philadelphia: Philadelphia College of Art

1978
Paris Bienniale à Strasbourg
Narration. Boston: Institute of Contemporary Art

1977
Contemporary Miniatures. Los Angeles: Fine Arts Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles
Paris Bienniale. Paris: Musée d'Art Moderne
American Narrative/Story of Art, 1968-78. Houston: Contemporary Arts Museum

1976
Southland Video Anthology, Part I. Long Beach: Beach Museum of Art
New Talent/New Selections. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art

1975
Whitney Biennial. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art
Both Kinds: Contemporary Art from Los Angeles. Berkeley: University Art Museum
Work, Image, Number. Bronxville, NY: Sarah Lawrence College, p. 23

1974
Word Works. Walnut, CA: Mount San Antonio College
Southern California Attitudes. Pasadena: Pasadena Museum of Modern Art