Sun November 29, 2020 - Sun May 23, 2021

Future Histories: Theaster Gates and Cauleen Smith

Future Histories: Theaster Gates and Cauleen Smith
October 17, 2020-May 23, 2021
Floor 7

Taking archival photography from lifestyle magazines as a point of departure, the central video projections in this exhibition offer new perspectives on the past. Gates's Do you hear me calling? Mama Mamama or What Is Black Power? (2018) pays homage to the power of women by exploring the idea of the Black Madonna through reworking three decades of images drawn from the Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Company archives, including Ebony and Jet magazines. This two-channel installation interweaves scenes of musicians and singers.

Smith's Sojourner (2018) culminates with a feminist reimagining of an unpublished photograph from a 1966 Life assignment. Throughout the work, women performers take banners sewn with phrases by jazz musician Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda to different sites associated with community and spiritual or artistic vision. These and other works and publications on view synthesize the interdisciplinary artists' respective approaches to site-based research and collaborative performance to activate and transform spaces.

Image Credit: Cauleen Smith, Sojourner, 2018 (still); collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase; © Cauleen Smith; photo: courtesy of the artist, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago and Kate Werble Gallery, New York
Future Histories: Theaster Gates and Cauleen Smith
October 17, 2020-May 23, 2021
Floor 7

Taking archival photography from lifestyle magazines as a point of departure, the central video projections in this exhibition offer new perspectives on the past. Gates's Do you hear me calling? Mama Mamama or What Is Black Power? (2018) pays homage to the power of women by exploring the idea of the Black Madonna through reworking three decades of images drawn from the Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Company archives, including Ebony and Jet magazines. This two-channel installation interweaves scenes of musicians and singers.

Smith's Sojourner (2018) culminates with a feminist reimagining of an unpublished photograph from a 1966 Life assignment. Throughout the work, women performers take banners sewn with phrases by jazz musician Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda to different sites associated with community and spiritual or artistic vision. These and other works and publications on view synthesize the interdisciplinary artists' respective approaches to site-based research and collaborative performance to activate and transform spaces.

Image Credit: Cauleen Smith, Sojourner, 2018 (still); collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase; © Cauleen Smith; photo: courtesy of the artist, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago and Kate Werble Gallery, New York
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