Influential cinematographer and artist Arthur Jafa recently launched a new solo exhibition at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in New York City. Entitled “Air Above Mountains, Unknown Pleasures,” the showcase is a visceral journey into Jafa’s prevailing concept of Blacknuss — what it means to be a black in America while harboring the “presence of shock, horror, trauma, transcendence and transgressive impulses in the history [of being black],” said the gallery in a statement. A selection of polarizing sculptures will be presented at the space including a corseted self-portrait dubbed Mary Jones.
Jafa has made a profound impact in cinema as well as the music industry. He worked with Spike Lee on Crooklyn (1994), and more recently, directed JAY-Z’s 4:44 music video. “Air Above Mountains, Uknown Pleasures” is currently open to the public until June 10. Head over to Gavin Brown’s Enterprise to learn more.
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Gavin Brown’s Enterprise
439 West 127th Street
New York, NY 10027