The Deep West Assembly Cauleen Smith

Cauleen Smith, Deep West Assembly, 2019-2024. Film still. Courtesy the artist.

Since releasing her first feature film in 1998 after an early education in music, American artist Cauleen Smith has produced experimental films and video installations for audiences in the film and art worlds for over two decades.

A shoot, show, or performance by Smith encompasses improvisation with those being filmed and generates future-focused, novel arrangements of physical objects, projections, textile banners, live musical performances, and with them, new experiences of Black social life. 

Within the multi-room exhibition Smith is premiering a new film commissioned by the Astrup Fearnley Museet. A program of Smith’s films will screen in a cinema for the first time in Norway in a partnership between Astrup Fearnley Museet and Cinemateket.

Curated by Rhea Anastas and Mia Locks and commissioned by Astrup Fearnley Museet.

About the Artist
Cauleen Smith is an interdisciplinary artist whose work reflects upon the everyday possibilities of the imagination. Operating within multiple arenas with multiple material means, Smith roots her work within mid-twentieth-century experimental film, structuralism, Black experimentalism, Third World cinema, and science fiction.

Smith’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at institutions including Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX; and Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, among others. Smith’s work is included in numerous public collections such as The Art Institute of Chicago; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Studio Museum Harlem; Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC; Whitney Museum of American Art; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and Tate, London.