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Cauleen Smith: Space Station, Radiant behind the Sun

The Momentary announces the 2021 summer exhibition schedule which includes Momentary-organized exhibitions Cauleen Smith: Space Station, Radiant behind the Sun and Kenny Rivero: The Floor Is Crooked, along with Garrett Bradley: American Rhapsody. The Momentary also announces a new outdoor installation: Light of Freedom by Abigail DeVille. There is no cost to view visual art exhibitions or outdoor installations at the Momentary.

Saturday, June 26, 2021 to Sunday, October 17, 2021
10:00am
Sun + Tue-Wed | 10am to 7pm, Thu-Sat | 10am to 10pm, Mon | Closed
Rates/Admission Prices

Admission is free for all.

Location
The Momentary
507 SE E Street
Bentonville, AR 72712
Hours of Operation

Sun + Tue-Wed | 10am to 7pm
Thu-Sat | 10am to 10pm
Mon | Closed

In Space Station, Radiant behind the Sun, interdisciplinary filmmaker Cauleen Smith immerses audiences in a world that draws from Afrofuturism, science fiction, and experimental cinema. Visitors will walk through a transformed gallery space―a “space station” with a 1970s aesthetic, new installations, drawings, banners, and immersive elements―while two of Smith’s films, Sojourner and Pilgrim, play on alternating loops.

In Sojourner, Smith reimagines Noah Purifoy’s Outdoor Desert Art Museum in Joshua Tree, California as a radical feminist utopia. While paying homage to abolitionist Sojourner Truth’s contributions to the legacy of Black feminist traditions, the title refers to the spiritual journey the women in the film embark upon. Pilgrim traces the artist’s pilgrimage to three historic sites of radical hospitality, or places that have offered hospitality in an unexpected way: Alice Coltrane’s Turiyasangitananda Vedantic Center in Agoura, California, Watts Towers in Los Angeles, and the Watervliet Shaker community of Black spiritual activist Rebecca Cox Jackson in upstate New York.

Exploring themes of feminism, queerness, spirituality, Black culture, time, space, history, and more through research-based works, the immersive world of Cauleen Smith: Space Station, Radiant behind the Sun encourages its viewers to transcend the present, reimagining a future built on generosity and community as explored in her films.

“Through her practice, Cauleen Smith layers stories, reframes narratives, and considers history through different lenses,” said Allison Glenn, associate curator, contemporary art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. “This new solo exhibition gives us an opportunity to showcase and share her unique artistic style and perspective with Momentary audiences.”

Cauleen Smith is an interdisciplinary artist whose work reflects upon the everyday possibilities of the imagination. Her films, objects, and installations have been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including those at the Whitney Museum of American Art; Studio Museum in Harlem; the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; the 2017 Whitney Biennial; Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, 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. Smith is based in Chicago and serves as faculty for the Vermont College of Fine Arts low-residency MFA program.

Cauleen Smith: Space Station, Radiant behind the Sun will be on view in the Lobby Gallery at the Momentary. The exhibition is organized by the Momentary and curated by Allison Glenn, associate curator, contemporary art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Image Credits:
Cauleen Smith
I Cannot Be Fixed, 2017
Textile and acrylic paint
62 x 48 ½ inches
Photo credit: Tom Van Eynde
Courtesy the Artist and Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery, Chicago

Cauleen Smith
Stop, 2017
Textile, acrylic paint, and embroidery
62 x 48 ½ inches
Photo credit: Tom Van Eynde
Courtesy the Artist and Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery, Chicago