Past Event

The Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter Lecture: Arthur Jafa

February 8, 2024
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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Lenfest Center for the Arts: 615 West 129th Street

Columbia University’s School of the Arts is delighted to collaborate with the Department of African American and African Studies for their annual Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter Lecture. Launched in 2020, The Carter Family Lectures offer a program of thought-provoking public discussions that spotlight the most compelling questions surrounding African Diasporic life, history and culture.

Renowned artist, filmmaker, and cinematographer Arthur Jafa discusses recent work with art historian and curator Kellie Jones, Hans Hoffman Professor of Modern Art and Chair of the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department. Introduction by Jafari S. Allen, Director of the Institute for Research in African American Studies.

Arthur Jafa (b. 1960, Tupelo, Mississippi) is an artist and filmmaker. Across three decades, Jafa has developed a dynamic practice comprising films, artefacts and happenings that reference and question the universal and specific articulations of Black being. Underscoring the many facets of Jafa’s practice is a recurring question: how can visual media, such as objects, static and moving images, transmit the equivalent “power, beauty and alienation” embedded within forms of Black music in US culture?

Jafa’s films have garnered acclaim at the Los Angeles, New York and Black Star Film Festivals and his artwork is represented in celebrated collections worldwide including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Tate, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The High Museum Atlanta, The Dallas Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Stedelijk, Luma Foundation, The Perez Art Museum Miami, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, among others.

Recent and forthcoming solo exhibitions of Jafa’s work include presentations at Luma Arles, France; Glenstone, Potomac, Maryland; OGR Torino, Italy; Bourse de Commerce - Pinault Collection, Paris; Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and the Louisiana Museum of Art, Humlebæk, Denmark. In 2019, he received the Golden Lion for the Best Participant of the 58th Venice Biennale “May You Live in Interesting Times.”

Co-presented by the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department, Columbia University School of the Arts, and the Institute for Research in African-American Studies.

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