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SAIDIYA HARTMAN AND ARTHUR JAFA

Join Saidiya Hartman—author of the new book Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments—and Arthur Jafa at the Hammer for a public conversation about their work.

Jafa’s new exhibition at Moderna Museet in Stockholm opens later this month.

SAIDIYA HARTMAN and ARTHUR JAFA in conversation

Thursday, June 6, at 7:30 pm.

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.

From top: Saidiya Hartman, courtesy of the author and Columbia University; Arthur Jafa, Apex, 2018, Luma, Arles, installation views (2); Arthur Jafa, courtesy of the artist.

SIMONE LEIGH AND SAIDIYA HARTMAN IN CONVERSATION

Join Simone Leigh and Saidiya Hartman—author of the acclaimed new study Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval—for a Frieze Talk this week in New York.

“[Hartman’s] work has always examined the great erasures and silences—the lost and suppressed stories of the Middle Passage, of slavery and its long reverberations. Her rigor and restraint give her writing its distinctive electricity and tension. Hartman is a sleuth of the archive.” — Parul Sehgal

SIMONE LEIGH and SAIDIYA HARTMAN in conversation

FRIEZE NEW YORK

Friday, May 3, at noon.

Randall’s Island Park, New York City.

SIMONE LEIGH—LOOPHOLE OF RETREAT

Through October 27.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

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

From top: Saidiya Hartman (left) and Simone Leigh, courtesy of the author and artist; Leigh with Brick House—her High Line Plinth work—in process, photograph by Timothy Schenck, courtesy of the artist and the photographer; Hartman book cover courtesy W.W. Norton & Company.

LOOPHOLE OF RETREAT

Okwui Okpokwasili, Françoise Vergès, Lorraine O’Grady, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, and Dionne Brand are among the many artists, authors, and educators who will be at the Guggenheim this weekend for the LOOPHOLE OF RETREAT conference.

This “daylong gathering dedicated to the intellectual life of black women” was organized by Simone Leigh, Tina Campt, and Saidiya Hartman, author of Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments.

LOOPHOLE OF RETREAT—A CONFERENCE

Saturday, April 27, from 1 pm.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

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

The name of the conference—and Leigh’s concurrent show at the museum—refers to a chapter title in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs, who referred to the opening line of the poem “The Task” (1784) by William Cowper.

From top: Okwui Okpokwasili (left), Poor People’s TV Room, 2017, courtesy of the artist; Lorraine O’Grady, Art Is. . . (Girl Pointing), 1983/2009, chromogenic color print, courtesy of the artist and Alexander Gray Associates, New York, © 2015 Lorraine O’Grady, Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York); Simone Leigh with a wax mold of a braid for the High Line Plinth piece Brick House, at Stratton Sculpture Studios in Philadelphia, photograph by Constance Mensh. Brick House will be on view in Manhattan from June 2019.

JAMES CROSBY AT TEAM BUNGALOW

“In FORMS BETWEEN, James Crosby confronts a long-established history, in art and elsewhere, of black and brown bodies bearing the sole burden of race and race-related subject matter. Instead, Crosby’s work explores how race and racial meaning-making happen between us, not in or on any given set of people or bodies.

“Racial meanings form between bodies and between people, and they form not only in moments of hyper-publicized black death, but also in the most mundane moments, gestures, and histories. Like Saidiya Hartman’s resolution to ‘… consider those scenes where terror can barely be discerned,’ Crosby’s work explores the everyday materialities of structural violence and personal possibility.”*

 

JAMES CROSBY—FORMS BETWEEN, through April 15.

TEAM BUNGALOW, 306 Windward Avenue, Venice Beach, Los Angeles.

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Artwork by James Crosby. Courtesy of the artist and Team Gallery.

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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.

moca.org/program/los-angeles-filmforum-at-moca-presents-arthur-jafas-dreams-are-colder-than-death

 

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