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Love is the Message: An Evening with Arthur Jafa, in conversation with Steve Coleman

  • The Hirshhorn Museum Independence Avenue Southwest Washington, DC United States (map)
Arthur Jafa, Love is The Message, The Message is Death (film still), 2016. Video, color and black-and-white, sound. Running time: 7 minutes, 30 seconds. Courtesy of Arthur Jafa and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/ Rome. 

Arthur Jafa, Love is The Message, The Message is Death (film still), 2016. Video, color and black-and-white, sound. Running time: 7 minutes, 30 seconds. Courtesy of Arthur Jafa and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/ Rome. 

Artist, director, and award-winning cinematographer Arthur Jafa has spent three decades creating dynamic, multidisciplinary work that challenges cultural identity and race politics with the power of music and film. Known for his work with Jay-Z and Beyoncé and Solange Knowles, and with Stanley Kubrick on such groundbreaking films as Eyes Wide Shut, Jafa one of the foremost influencers in black cinema. He is also a graduate of Howard University’s acclaimed film program, and was the cinematographer behind the legendary Daughters of the Dust (1991), the inspiration for Beyoncé’s Lemonade video.

Jafa’s seminal video work Love is the Message, The Message is Death, debuting at the Hirshhorn, has been called a “crucial ode to black America” and “required viewing” by The New Yorker.

On the eve of the opening of The Message, and for the first time in a public forum, Jafa will be joined by renowned jazz musician Steve Coleman to discuss the intersections of their practices over the last 30 years. Coleman is among a selection of musicians participating in Listening Session, an experimental performance series presented in conjunction with Jafa's current Serpentine Gallery exhibition, A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions.

5:30 p.m., The Message exhibition preview

6:30 p.m., conversation, Ring Auditorium

Advance Member tickets available 12 PM, Monday, Oct. 30 (space is limited)

Free public tickets available 12 PM, Thursday, Nov. 2

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