SFGate: 'Allison Smith: Living History': Snapshot of the U.S.

"I was interested in exploring that impulse to perform and repeat American history and something that seemed very nationalistic and conservative and hetero normative," she explains. "A lot of the re-enactments I went to seemed like performances of masculinity, so I wanted to look at it."

The California College of the Arts professor, 41, holds a master's degree in sculpture from Yale, and her work has been acquired by the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Saatchi Gallery London.

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