Christina Sharpe and Cauleen Smith

Cauleen Smith, We Were Never Meant To Survive, 2017. Courtesy of the artist; Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago; and Kate Werble Gallery, New York.

Wed, Oct 25, 2017

Classics Building, room 110
1010 E 59th St

Jennifer Packer’s paintings quietly conjure aspects of black life, questions of visibility, and the public and private dimensions of loss. In this conversation, scholar Christina Sharpe and artist Cauleen Smith discuss related subjects in their own work and beyond.

Sharpe’s book In the Wake: On Blackness and Being (2016) is a vital look at contemporary black life, exploring different registers of the word “wake.” Similarly, Smith’s films and multimedia works, including a recent project for the Whitney Biennial, face urgent social conditions and the everyday possibilities of the imagination.