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CAULEEN SMITH — MUTUALITIES

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.

CAULEEN SMITH—MUTUALITIES

Through January 31, by appointment.

Whitney Museum of American Art

99 Gansevoort Street, New York City.

CAULEEN SMITH and AMBER ESSEIVA IN CONVERSATION

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.

LINDA SHI ON GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE

Linda Shi—urban environment planner and assistant professor at Cornell—will give a virtual talk exploring “explores whether it is possible to achieve both social justice and environmental sustainability in efforts to mitigate urban flood risk.”

The event is presented by the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. See link below to register.

LINDA SHI—GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE BEYOND FLOOD RISK REDUCTION

Thursday, September 10.

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

Top: Linda Shi, image courtesy and © Shi. Below: Pond at Chantilly Ecological Sanctuary from the remaining portion of the Doral Apartment complex in Charlotte, North Carlina, photograph by Hannah Wilson, image courtesy and © the photographer.

LYLE ASHTON HARRIS AND PAUL MPAGI SEPUYA

Lyle Ashton Harris and Paul Mpagi Sepuya will talk about their practice and participation in IMPLICIT TENSIONS—MAPPLETHORPE NOW, part two of the Guggenheim’s exhibition of the late photographer’s work.

The conversation will be moderated by Robert Reid-Pharr, a scholar in the field of race and sexuality studies and Professor of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University.

LYLE ASHTON HARRIS and PAUL MPAGI SEPUYA

THE IMAGES WE WANT TO SEEIMPLICIT TENSIONS ARTIST PANEL

Tuesday, October 1, at 6:30 pm.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

1071 Fifth Avenue (at 88th Street), New York City.

From Top: Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Darkroom Mirror, 2017, inkjet print, © Paul Mpagi Sepuya; Lyle Ashton Harris, Americas, 1987–88, printed 2007, gelatin silver prints, © Lyle Ashton Harris; Robert Mapplethorpe, Ajitto, 1981, © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Images courtesy of the artists and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.