Cauleen Smith + Jheanelle Brown in Conversation


Saturday, August 17, 2019
2:00 – 3:30 pm

Frye Auditorium

Artist Cauleen Smith is joined in conversation by film curator Jheanelle Brown in discussion of the current exhibition Cauleen Smith: Give It or Leave It.


Cauleen Smith (American, b. 1967, Riverside, California) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work reflects upon the everyday possibilities of the imagination. Drawing from structuralism, Third World Cinema, and science fiction, she makes things that deploy the tactics of these disciplines, while offering a phenomenological experience for spectators and participants. Her films, objects, and installations have been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including those at the Studio Museum in Harlem; the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; the 2017 Whitney Biennial; Prospect.4, New Orleans; the New Museum, New York; D21, Leipzig; and Decad, Berlin. Smith has had solo shows of films and installations at The Kitchen, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; the Art Institute of Chicago; and Threewalls, Chicago. She earned her BA in Creative Arts from San Francisco State University and her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles’s School of Theater, Film, and Television. Smith teaches in the School of Art at CalArts.

Jheanelle Brown is a film curator and arts educator based in Los Angeles. Her curatorial practice is committed to honoring, expanding, and empowering Blackness in visual and filmic media. Her specific interests are oriented around experimental and non-fiction film and video, the relationship between musicality and cinema, political film and media, and West Indian film/video. She is currently co-curator for Black Radical Imagination, an associate programmer for Los Angeles Filmforum, and a curriculum developer for the Centennial High School film club. Jheanelle is co-curator, with Sarah Loyer, for Time Is Running Out of Time: Experimental Film and Video from the L.A. Rebellion and Today.

Space Station: Two Rebeccas, 2018 Wallpaper, disco balls, turntable, motor, fur, shag carpet, two projectors, digital video Dimensions variable Courtesy of the artist; Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago; and Kate Werble Gallery, New York


Tickets to this program are free of charge, and our seating capacity is limited. Free tickets, limit 2 per person, may be reserved in advance, up to two days before the program. The reserved tickets may be picked up on the day of the program at the desk in the foyer outside the auditorium. There is no late seating, so please arrive at least 15 minutes early. All unclaimed tickets (regardless of reservations) will be released to standby 10 minutes before the program!

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On the day of the program, pre-registered and standby tickets will be available at the desk in the foyer outside the auditorium.

Tickets for Members may be picked up beginning one hour before the program.
Pre-registered tickets for nonmembers may be picked up beginning 30 minutes before the program.
All unclaimed tickets (regardless of reservations) will be released to standby 10 minutes before the program.