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An Evening with Prospect.4 Artist Cauleen Smith and Composer Courtney Bryan

Location: uptown campus
Building:Woldenberg Art Center


Cauleen Smith is an interdisciplinary artist whose work reflects upon the everyday possibilities of the imagination. Operating in multiple materials and arenas, Smith roots her work firmly within the discourse of mid-twentieth- century experimental film. Drawing from structuralism, third world cinema, and science fiction, she makes things that deploy the tactics of these disciplines while offering a phenomenological experience for spectators and participants. Her films, objects, and installations have been featured in group exhibitions at the Studio Museum of Harlem; the Contemporary Art Museum Houston; Yerba Buena Center for Art; the New Museum, New York; D21 Leipzig and Decad, Berlin. She has had solo shows for her films and installations at The Kitchen, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and Threewalls, Chicago.  Smith lives in Chicago and is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Courtney Bryan, a native of New Orleans, La, is "a pianist and composer of panoramic interests" (New York Times). Her music ranges from solo works to large ensembles in the new music and jazz idioms, film scores, and collaborations with dancers, visual artists, writers, and actors, and is in conversation with various musical genres, including jazz and other types of experimental music, as well as traditional gospel, spirituals, and hymns. Focusing on bridging the sacred and the secular, Bryan's compositions explore human emotions through sound, confronting the challenge of notating the feeling of improvisation. Bryan has academic degrees from Oberlin Conservatory (BM), Rutgers University (MM), and a DMA in music composition from Columbia University of New York, with advisor George Lewis. She has been an instructor at Columbia University and Oberlin Conservatory, and a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department for African American Studies at Princeton University. Bryan is currently an Assistant Professor of Music in the Newcomb Department of Music at Tulane University. 



This event is sponsored by the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South and Prospect.4 New Orleans.




For more information contact Regina Cairns by phone at 504-314-2854