Jack Smith

September 8 to September 10

Jack Smith’s (1932–1989) virtuosic output is revered for its caustic humor, self-invention, and debasement of institutional authority, which intensified throughout his ever-evolving work. Yet, since his death from AIDS-related pneumonia in 1989, his artistic legacy has proven to be similarly incalcitrant and resistant to clean-cut narrativization. In history, as in life, Smith’s oeuvre exists in renegade defiance of the capitalist imperatives of commodification and containment, as vilified in his philosophical fabulations of “lucky landlordism,” “rented island,” “art crust,” and “black light of false lighthouse capitalism.” In conjunction with the exhibition Jack Smith: Art Crust of Spiritual Oasis at Artists Space through September 9th, this program of films and previously unseen recorded performances, programmed by Jay Sanders and Jamie Stevens, includes Flaming Creatures, Normal Love, Scotch Tape, I Was A Male Yvonne de Carlo, and a newly discovered recording of Smith performing at the University of Colorado in 1980.

Co-presented with Artists Space, New York. Special thanks to Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels.

Previously Screened