This piece documents one of Smith's earliest performances of his "Baby Ikki" character, in which he performs in public as an oversized infant in diaper, hat and sunglasses. Baby Ikki was conceived as a mute, ambiguous character fixed neither by age nor gender — an archetype with an unclear mission, onto which spectators project their own interpretations. In this case, a Hartford policeman takes a dim view of the Baby's hijinks.
Videotaped by Nild Sansone as part of "Thursdays is a Work of Art Series." Production: Sidewalk Inc., Hartford Connecticut, 1978. Special Thanks: Robert Gregson.