Cauleen Smith (USA) is one of our foremost living artists. Her films, installations, performances, drawings, paintings, sculptures, and multimedia artworks often address African-American identity with particular focus on issues facing Black women in the contemporary moment. She was born in Riverside, California and received a BA from San Francisco State University (1991) and an MFA from UCLA (1998), where she completed her first, highly-acclaimed feature Dryslong (1998), which screened at Sundance Film Festival that same year. Her films, objects, and installations have been featured in group and solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Studio Museum of Harlem, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the New Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), The Kitchen, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), among many others. Smith is the recipient of multiple awards and fellowships including the Independent Spirit Award (2000), National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture Artist Award (2012), Ellsworth Kelly Award, Herb Alpert Award, MCFF Honourable Mention (2016), the Black Metropolis Research Consortium Research Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in Film & Video (2021). She has received Creative Capital and Director’s Grants from the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts, and participated in the Rauschenberg Residency. Her works are in private and public collections worldwide. Smith’s COVID Manifesto was featured as part of MCFF’s Radical Acts of Care exhibition (2020), and The Showroom’s 20:20 exhibition, transforming Piccadilly Circus’ giant 4k screen into a digital canvas. Smith teaches at CalArts in Los Angeles, California.
CAULEEN SMITH’S CHRONICLES OF A LYING SPIRIT (BY KELLY GABRON)
ONLINE SCREENING DATES: May 20 – June 10, 2021
FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM: Chronicles of a Lying Spirit (by Kelly Gabron), 6 min, 1992