Filmmaker Cauleen Smith won the Studio Museum in Harlem’s annual Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize. Smith’s work is rooted in the discourse of 20th-century experimental film and examines diaspora, feminism, identity, and Afrofuturism. Her solo New York institutional debut, Mutualities, is on view at the Whitney Museum. At the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Smith’s work is currently highlighted in the two-person exhibition Future Histories: Theaster Gates and Cauleen Smith.
Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum, said, “the effect of [Smith’s] work is overwhelmingly one of plenitude, rich in its exploration of human complexities.”
Poet and activist Diane di Prima, one of the most prominent voices of the Beat Generation, has died at age 86.
The Jakarta Post profiles 89-year-old Vietnamese painter Mong Bich on the cusp of her first solo exhibition.
The Guardian interviews architect Lesley Lokko on her resignation as dean of the City College of New York’s Spitzer School of Architecture. Lokko cited a “lack of respect and empathy for Black women.”
Shows We Want to See
At the Fondation Cartier in Paris, Sarah Sze’s new exhibition, Night Into Day, embraces the fragility of the earth through a hanging planet-like sculpture and a large floor sculpture over which a pendulum swings. Videos from the internet that speak to life in quarantine are projected onto the gallery walls. The exhibition is “a meditation on what life has been like for millions of us in 2020: a world broken into fragments that we’re still trying to piece together.”
At the 18th Street Art Gallery in Los Angeles, Patty Chang’s newest exhibition Milk Debt is on view. The multi-part video project consists of videos of lactating women pumping their breast milk as they recite lists of fears drawn from multiple communities across different geographical regions. Read an essay about the exhibition and listen to a conversation between Chang and curator Anuradha Vikram.