Cauleen Smith: Give It or Leave It

6/1/2019 through 9/1/2019 | Frye Art Museum

Museums Capitol Hill/Central District

Through her films, objects, and installations, Los Angeles-based artist Cauleen Smith envisions a world that is black, feminist, spiritual, and unabashedly alive. Smith roots her work firmly within the discourse of mid-twentieth-century experimental film but operates in multiple materials and arenas. With this exhibition, she revises the coercive threat, “take it or leave it,” and proposes a new rule for a better world: create something, offer it, and gift it – regardless of whether the gesture is accepted or rejected. “Give it or leave it” is a rule for the self, not an ultimatum for the other, born of generosity, hospitality, and selflessness.

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