Upcoming Exhibition

Future Histories: Theaster Gates and Cauleen Smith

October 17, 2020–May 23, 2021

Floor 7

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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Smith’s Sojourner (2018) culminates with a feminist reimagining of an unpublished photograph from a 1966 Life assignment.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.

 

 

 


Exhibition Preview

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
Theaster Gates, Do you hear me calling? Mama Mamama or What Is Black Power?, 2018 (still); collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase; © Theaster Gates; photo: courtesy of the artist and Regen Projects, Los Angeles
Theaster Gates, Do you hear me calling? Mama Mamama or What Is Black Power?, 2018 (still); collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase; © Theaster Gates; photo: courtesy of the artist and Regen Projects, Los Angeles
Cauleen Smith, Lessons in Semaphore, 2016 (still); © Cauleen Smith; photo: courtesy of the artist, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, and Kate Werble Gallery, New York
Theaster Gates, Store Fixture for Two Madonnas, 2019; steel, printed fabric, and 1970s ascot pattern made from the artist’s clothing; © Theaster Gates; photo: courtesy the artist and Regen Projects, Los Angeles



Meaningful support for Future Histories: Theaster Gates and Cauleen Smith is provided by Wayee Chu and Ethan Beard.

Header Image: 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