Gesture II: Between two breaths is Smith`s second performance in a three-part series created for the exhibition “Shinique Smith: BRIGHT MATTER” that surveys 30 key works from the past decade while debuting more than a dozen new pieces, including painting, sculpture, full-room installation, video, and performance. Working with performing dancer Marisa Arriaga, Shinique Smith choreographed this dance, which reenacts the gestural marks of her paintings using the movements of the human body in space.

This event took place February 11, 2015, as part of the exhibition “Shinique Smith: BRIGHT MATTER,” August 23, 2014–March 1, 2015.

Special thanks to participating dancer Marisa Arriaga and musician Gary Pennock.


Performance Art at the MFA is supported by Lorraine Bressler.