Whitney Biennial 2017 Audio Guide Playlist
Cauleen Smith: My name is Cauleen Smith. I'm a filmmaker and visual artist.
Narrator: Smith sketched the texts on the front of these banners in 2015.
Cauleen Smith: I think this country was on its fifth or sixth videotaped police shooting and I was just sort of incredibly disgusted and angry and fatigued by the whole culture of this country.
The phrases are either things like "no wonder I go under" or "you don't hear me though." There's always either an accusation or a pointing at self or other, and, to me, the "I" or the "you" or the "me" can shift and does shift depending on who you are when you're reading it.
On the back of each banner there's a system of symbols and a lot of them repeat. People ask me in particular about why pencils and the pencil, the microphone and the camera aperture are all to me these instruments of expression. They're apertures for a voice, for initiative, for articulation, and so the pencil becomes this very flexible tool that can even be a weapon, can be kindling for a fire. It can do a lot of different things, not all of them affirmative, or affirming.
Narrator: Smith plans to use these banners in a film. A gospel choir will carry them down Martin Luther King Boulevard in Chicago, singing an original composition that uses text from the banners. If you’d like to hear Smith talk about processions, collective action, and the role of art, please tap to continue.
Cauleen Smith (b. 1967), In the Wake, 2017. Satin, poly-satin, quilted pleather, upholstery, wool felt, wool velvet, indigo-dyed silk-rayon velvet, indigo-dyed silk satin, embroidery floss, metallic thread, acrylic fabric paint, acrylic hair beads, acrylic barrettes, satin cord, polyester fringe, poly-ilk- tassels, plastic-coated paper, and sequins. Sixteen components, 60 × 48 in. (152.4 × 121.9 cm) each. Collection of the artist; courtesy Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, and Kate Werble Gallery, New York. Sewed by: Keeley Haftner, Elgee King, Jinn Bronwen Lee, Kate S. Lee, Elizabeth Van Loan, April Martin, Nicole Mauser, Magritte Emanuel Nankin, Carolina Poveda, Darling Shear, Danielle Wordelman
- 100 Introduction to Whitney Biennial 2017
- 300 Harold Mendez
- 500 Ajay Kurian
- 501 Dana Schutz
- 502 Cauleen Smith, Overview
- 502-2 Cauleen Smith, Overview
- 503 Jon Kessler
- 503-2 Jon Kessler
- 504a Occupy Museums, Introduction
- 504b Occupy Museums, Installation Overview
- 504c Occupy Museums, Artwork within Debtfair
- 504d Occupy Museums, Student Debt
- 504e Occupy Museums, Debt Resistance Now!
- 505 Pope.L aka William Pope.L
- 505-2 Pope.L aka William Pope.L
- 506 Torey Thornton
- 507 Matt Browning, Overview
- 508 Cameron Rowland
- 511 Shara Hughes
- 514 Harold Mendez
- 515 Casey Gollan and Victoria Sobel
- 516 Julien Nguyen
- 518 Dana Schutz
- 520 Frances Stark
- 521 Lyle Ashton Harris
- 522 Aliza Nisenbaum
- 523 Carrie Moyer
- 527 Raúl de Nieves
- 527-2 Raúl de Nieves
- 528 John Divola
- 529 Irena Haiduk
- 530 John Riepenhoff
- 530-2 John Riepenhoff
- 531 Ulrike Müller
- 532 Chemi Rosado-Seijo
- 603 Jessi Reaves
- 605 KAYA
- 606 Celeste Dupuy-Spencer
- 606-2 Celeste Dupuy-Spencer
- 608 An-My Lê
- 609 Porpentine Charity Heartscape
- 610 Jo Baer
- 611 Deana Lawson
- 612 Jordan Wolfson
- 614 Park McArthur, Overview
- 614-2 Park McArthur, Overview
- 616 Asad Raza
- 617 GCC
- 619 Puppies Puppies
- 619-2 Puppies Puppies