Arthur Jafa’s ‘Love Is the Message, The Message Is Death’ streams online for 48 hours

Words by Lara Morrell
June 26, 2020

Arthur Jafa’s acclaimed 2016 video work Love Is the Message, The Message Is Death will be online for 48 hours this weekend, from June 26th to June 28th, streamed by 13 international art institutions simultaneously on their respective websites

The participating art institutions include the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.; the Dallas Museum of Art in Texas; Glenstone Museum in Maryland; the High Museum of Art in Atlanta; the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles; the Studio Museum in Harlem; Tate in London; the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; the Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana in Venice; the Julia Stoschek Collection in Berlin; and Luma Arles in France and Luma Westbau in Zürich.

Love Is the Message, The Message Is Death brings together found footage that traces African-American identity through a vast spectrum of contemporary imagery, set to Kanye West’s gospel-inspired hip-hop track, “Ultralight Beam”.

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