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ARTHUR JAFA IN CONVERSATION

“I have a very simple mantra and it’s this: I want to make black cinema with the power, beauty, and alienation of black music… The larger preoccupation is how do we force cinema to respond to the existential, political, and spiritual dimensions of who we are as a people.” — Arthur Jafa

To open his new exhibition in Berkeley—ARTHUR JAFA/MATRIX 272, which features a new work The White Album (above)—Jafa will be joined by Stephen Best for a conversation about the politics of aesthetics and the turn toward “Afropessimism.”

 

ARTHUR JAFA AND STEPHEN BEST IN CONVERSATION

Wednesday, December 12, at 6 pm.

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

2155 Center Street, Berkeley.

Above: Arthur JafaThe White Album (still), 2018. Continuous video projection; color, sound; approx. 40 min. Commissioned by BAMPFA. © Arthur Jafa, 2018.

Below: Arthur JafaMonster, 1989. Digital c-print. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s Enterprise. (Jafa is the subject of this photograph.)

Images courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York and Rome.

ARTHUR JAFA AT GAVIN BROWN

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At Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, this is the last week to see Arthur Jafa’s AIR ABOVE MOUNTAINS, UNKNOWN PLEASURES, his first solo exhibition in New York City since 2000.

 

ARTHUR JAFA—AIR ABOVE MOUNTAINS, UNKNOWN PLEASURES, through June 10.

GAVIN BROWN’S ENTERPRISE, 439 West 127th Street, New York City.

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See: dazeddigital.com/arthur-jafa

Above: Installation view.

Below: Arthur Jafa, Man Monster—Duffy, 2018. C-print.

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ARTHUR JAFA IN LOS ANGELES AND LONDON

“There’s just a certain genius to accompaniment, how you actually support other people being expressive, and that’s the jazz thing again. I keep coming back to that: listening and responding, but responding in a way where you still allow the person a certain kind of platform. To a certain degree it goes into this whole space that I circle back on so often, this “usher” work. How do you function as a platform for other people’s expression or articulation, which I think everybody’s sort of doing all the time in jazz. They cede the floor to one another. So I always definitely saw DREAMS ARE COLDER THAN DEATH as usher work. It was always about creating a platform for black folks—as I say, uncommon black folks—and for specialists to voice their feelings about where they were but ostensibly where we are, collectively.” — Arthur Jafa*

As part of the MOCA exhibition ARTHUR JAFA: LOVE IS THE MESSAGE, THE MESSAGE IS DEATH, curated by Helen Molesworth, the museum and Los Angeles Film Forum at MOCA present a screening of Jafa’s 2013 documentary DREAMS ARE COLDER THAN DEATH.  The film will be introduced by Saidiya Hartman, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, who will participate in a post-screening Q & A.

 

ARTHUR JAFA: DREAMS ARE COLDER THAN DEATH, Thursday, May 11, at 7 pm.

THE GEFFEN CONTEMPORARY AT MOCA, 152 North Central Avenue, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.

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ARTHUR JAFA: LOVE IS THE MESSAGE, THE MESSAGE IS DEATH, through June 12.

THE GEFFEN CONTEMPORARY AT MOCA, 152 North Central Avenue, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.

moca.org/exhibition/arthur-jafa-love-is-the-message-the-message-is-death

 

Jafa’s first solo show in London will open next month at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. ARTHUR JAFA: A SERIES OF UTTERLY IMPROBABLE, YET EXTRAORDINARY RENDITIONS, curated by Amira Gad, “will take the form of a site-specific installation at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, while also expanding beyond the gallery to the peripheries of the city with a series of performances, screenings, and events in venues or areas of London that function for Jafa as ‘black sites.’ ”*

 

ARTHUR JAFA: A SERIES OF UTTERLY IMPROBABLE, YET EXTRAORDINARY RENDITIONS, June 8 through September 10

SERPENTINE SACKLER GALLERY, West Carriage Drive, London

*serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events/arthur-jafa-series-utterly-improbable-yet-extraordinary-renditions

 

*Cassie da Costa, “Interview: Arthur Jafa,” Film Comment, May 8, 2017:

filmcomment.com/blog/interview-arthur-jafa/

Also see: frieze.com/article/arthur-jafa?language=en

Image credit: Arthur Jafa, Love is the Message, the Message is Death

Image credit: Arthur Jafa, Dreams Are Colder Than Death