|Still from Arthur Jafa, Love is the Message, The Message is Death, 2016, video, 8min, 4s. Anonymous gift to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2018) (c) Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam|
Arthur Jafa: “I am thrilled for the opportunity, finally, to have as many people as possible see Love is the Message, The Message is Death.”
Rein Wolfs, director of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam: “The work of Arthur Jafa holds an unequalled place in the Stedelijk collection. Jafa’s unique multidisciplinary practice portrays the reality of our society through compelling images mirroring that same society. The Stedelijk is committed to fighting against racism and has resolved to significantly increase the number of artists of colour in our collection and programming.”
From Friday 26 June at 8 p.m. CEST until Sunday 28 June at 8 p.m. CEST Love is the Message, The Message is Death will be streamed on the website of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Dallas Museum of Art; Glenstone Museum; High Museum of Art in Atlanta; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles; The Studio Museum in Harlem; Julia Stoschek Collection Berlin; Luma Arles; Luma Westbau; Palazzo Grassi – Punta della Dogana – Pinault Collection; Smithsonian American Art Museum; and the Tate in London.
These museums have included the work in their collections and, in light of recent anti-racist demonstrations, are uniting to make sure that the film can be seen by as many people as possible. The streaming affirms the Stedelijk’s statement released to stand against institutional racism and pursue a more vigorous policy to empower the role of artists and curators of color in the museum.
Additionally, two roundtable panel discussions convened by the artist will take place Saturday June 27 at 8 p.m. CEST and Sunday June 28 at 8 p.m. CEST on www.sunhaus.us.
Arthur Jafa (b. 1960, Tupelo, Mississippi) is an artist, filmmaker and cinematographer. Across three decades, Jafa has developed a dynamic practice comprising films, artifacts and happenings that reference and question the universal and specific articulations of black being.