Park Nights 2017: Arthur Jafa

Serpentine Pavilion

30 Jun 2017 - 8:00 PM

Park Nights 2017: Arthur Jafa

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Cinematographer and artist Arthur Jafa hosted an evening in response to his summer exhibition at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions.

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Arthur Jafa’s work is driven by a recurrent question: how might one identify and develop a specifically Black visual aesthetics equal to the ‘power, beauty and alienation’ of Black music in US culture?

Park Nights is the Serpentine’s experimental, interdisciplinary live platform, programmed for the Galleries’ annual architectural commission, the Serpentine Pavilion. 

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Arthur Jafa: A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions

8 Jun 2017 to 10 Sep 2017

Featuring Ming Smith, Frida Orupabo and Missylanyus. The Serpentine presented the work of the acclaimed US filmmaker, cinematographer and artist Arthur Jafa. Across three decades, Jafa has developed a dynamic, multidisciplinary practice ranging from films and installations to lecture-performances and happenings that tackle, challenge and question prevailing cultural assumptions about identity and race.

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Park Nights: Arthur Jafa. 30 June 2017. Photo © Lewis Ronald
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Park Nights: Arthur Jafa. 30 June 2017. Photo © Lewis Ronald
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Park Nights: Arthur Jafa. 30 June 2017. Photo © Lewis Ronald
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Park Nights: Arthur Jafa. 30 June 2017. Photo © Lewis Ronald