Arthur Jafa / MATRIX 272

December 12, 2018–March 24, 2019

A gallery exhibition and complementary screenings of videos by Arthur Jafa, whose work expands the concept of black cinema while exploring African American experience and race relations in everyday life.

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  • Arthur Jafa: Still from The White Album, 2018; continuous video projection; color, sound; approx. 40 min.; commissioned by BAMPFA. Photo courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Rome. © Arthur Jafa, 2018.

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Past Events

  • Select Wednesdays and Thursdays

    Arthur Jafa Notebook Viewing Hour

    Peruse a series of the artist's notebooks, which offer insight into his singular approach, in the Works on Paper Study Center.

  • Wednesday, December 12, 6 PM

    Arthur Jafa and Stephen Best in Conversation

    MATRIX artist Arthur Jafa and UC Berkeley professor Stephen Best talk about the move from the cinema screen to the gallery, the politics of aesthetics, and the turn toward “Afropessimism.”

Past Films

  • Affective Proximity: Films by Arthur Jafa and Others

    • Thursday, February 28 7 PM

    Films that explore the effects of violence on black individuals and communities while also depicting their beauty, power, and resilience: Jafa’s APEX and Cassowary, Dawn Suggs’s Chasing the Moon, Ben Caldwell’s I and I, and more.

    Arthur Jafa and Greg Tate in Conversation

  • Dreams Are Colder Than Death

    • Wednesday, February 27 7 PM
    Arthur Jafa
    United States, 2013

    Fifty years after Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, African American filmmakers, artists, and intellectuals reflect on where the civil rights struggle stands today in Jafa’s moving work. With short New Soul Rebel: Adrian Younge.

    Arthur Jafa and Leigh Raiford in Conversation