Three Songs About Liberation

Cauleen Smith

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Staff Picks Three Songs About Liberation
Cauleen Smith

9 Minutes

Staff Picks

February 1–28, 2022

Three monologues adapted from the groundbreaking book Black Women In White America (1972), edited by Gerda Lerner. Film commissioned by the Smart Museum at the University of Chicago in conjunction with the exhibition Revolution Every Day, curated by Zachary Cahill, Robert Bird, Diane Miliotes, and Christina Kiear.

Three Songs About Liberation is presented on e-flux Video & Film as the February 2022 edition of Staff Picks.

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Cauleen Smith was raised in Sacramento, California and lives in Los Angeles. Drawing from structuralism, third world cinema, and science fiction, she makes things that deploy the tactics of activism in service of ecstatic social space and contemplation. Smith enjoys container gardening, likes cats and collects vinyl records, and rocks. She is Art Program faculty at California Institute of the Arts. She received her BA in Creative Arts from San Francisco State University and MFA, from University of California, Los Angeles School of Theater Film and Television. Smith’s short films, feature film, an installation and performance were work showcased at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2019. Smith has had solo exhibitions at The Whitney Museum of American Art, SFMoMA, and MassMoCA and most recently, LACMA. Smith is the recipient of the following awards: Rockefeller Media Arts Award, Creative Capital Film/Video, Chicago 3Arts Grant, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Chicago Expo Artadia Award, and Rauschenberg Residency, Herb Alpert Awards in the Arts in Film and Video 2016, United States Artists Award 2017, 2016 inaugural recipient of the Ellsworth Kelly Award, 2020 recipient of the Studio Museum Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, and 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship.

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