New York

Jack Smith

The pleasure and the interest of this small exhibition of drawings, photographs, and ephemera from the collection of artist Edwin Ruda and Maria Antoinette, Smith’s former friend and superstar, result from its focus. These letters, sketches of costume designs, cut-and-paste flyers for midnight performances, etc., document a friendship and collaboration coinciding with the hyperactive years (1969–71) of the Plaster Foundation, Smith’s live-in, self-run theater on Greene Street. Antoinette, a Mescalero Apache who acted in Brassieres of Atlantis and other Smith shows during that time, embodies the legendary polyartist’s sequined, shamanistic B-rituals with sexy intelligence and a conspiratorial sense of humor. In one series of snapshots, the two accessorize a subway car with fishing nets and a copy of the Daily News announcing Sharon Tate’s murder by the Manson family as they ride out to

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