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I always think of Sojourner as being in conversation with many different objects, wallpapers, surfaces, textures, and banners. By the time viewers watch the film, they have already received so much informational groundwork from the environment that the film can focus on conveying a particular kind of imagery or feeling. When the title credits appear at the end of Sojourner, the room is completely dark, and that’s the moment when people can see the disco ball installation producing a cosmos on the ceiling. I always consider who the work is made for and what I want it to convey. It is so important that people are given an experience that cultivates their intellectual and physical well-being. That’s why I started making installations for my films, instead of simply showing them. — Cauleen Smith

MUTUALITIES—Smith’s first solo exhibition in New York City—has reopened at the Whitney. The show, which includes her 22-minute video installation Sojourner, was organized by Chrissie Iles, with Clémence White.

This week, join Smith and curator Amber Esseiva for a virtual conversation presented by the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard.

See links below for information.


Through January 31, by appointment.

Whitney Museum of American Art

99 Gansevoort Street, New York City.


Thursday, September 10.

4:30 pm on the West Coast; 7:30 pm East Coast.

Cauleen Smith, Mutualities, Whitney Museum of American Art, February 17, 2020–January 31, 2021, from top: Alexis Hold Audre Lorde, 2020, from the ongoing series Firespitters, gouache, graphite, and acrylic ink on paper; Gregg Bordowitz, 2020, Firespitters series, gouache, graphite, and acrylic ink on paper; Sojourner, 2018, stills (2), video, color, sound; Pilgrim, 2017, still, video, color, sound, Whitney Museum of American Art; Natalie Holds Dionne Brand, 2020, Firespitters series, gouache, graphite, and acrylic ink on paper; Natalie Diaz, 2020, Firespitters series, gouache, graphite, and acrylic ink on paper. Artwork and video images courtesy and © the artist, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, and Kate Werble Gallery, New York City. Firespitters series photographs by Matthew Sherman, courtesy of the photographer and the Whitney Museum of American Art.


Investigating themes that define and inform the work of Shirin Neshat, the Broad presents ALLEGORIES OF FLIGHT, an evening of music, readings, and performance in conjunction with the exhibition Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again, now in its final weeks.

The evening—organized with independent literary curators Louise Steinman and Maureen Moore—begins with a performance by musician brothers Saint Abdullah in the lobby and poetry readings by Naomi Shihab Nye and Natalie Diaz in Oculus Hall (with a poetry encore at the end of the event).

Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors will debut a specially commissioned performance work, and Davia Spain will close the evening with a live music set, “touching on themes including trans experience and institutions and systems designed to suppress ancient, ancestral knowledge.”*


Wednesday, February 5, from 8 pm to 11 am.

The Broad

221 South Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles.

From top: Patrisse Cullors, photograph by Dana Washington; Naomi Shihab Nye, photograph by Ha Lam; Natalie Diaz; Saint Abdullah, photograph Richard R. Ross; Davia Spain, photograph by Daniel Miramontes. Images courtesy and © the artists and authors, the photographers, and the Broad.