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Starting at 2pm ET tomorrow (June 26th) 13 museums will be virtually streaming artist Arthur Jafa’s “Love is the Message, The Message is Death” for 48 hours. Co-presented by The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and in consultation with Jafa, who has authorized showing the video outside of a museum or gallery setting for the first time for this event, the other participating institutions (which span seven countries) are as follows:

Dallas Museum of Art
Glenstone Museum
The High Museum of Art in Atlanta
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
The Studio Museum in Harlem
Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin
Luma Arles in France
Luma Westbau in Zürich
Palazzo Grassi—Punta della Dogana—Pinault Collection
The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam
The Tate in London

Additionally, two roundtable panel discussions convened by the artist are set to happen on Saturday and Sunday (June 27th and 28th) at 2pm ET on  sunhaus.us.

According to Hirshhorn Director Melissa Chiu, “Our mission is to create meaning and context through the display and preservation of art of our time. With this comes social responsibilities. We grieve with the families and communities who are subject to ongoing injustices, racism and brutality. Every Black life matters. It is Arthur Jafa’s intention that his work be shared across the world.”

Featuring original and appropriated footage and set to Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam”, the film “explores the mix of joy and pain, transcendence and tragedy that characterize the Black American experience.”

Essential viewing, and we hope you’ll take some time to watch this weekend. In the meantime, learn more about Jafa and the piece in this great interview we did with him a while back:

and also by watching this:

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