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Commission Rejects Monument Nomination For Home Bought By Artist Arthur Jafa

The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission Thursday unanimously rejected an attempt by the Los Angeles Conservancy to have the city designate a home recently bought by prominent artist Arthur Jafa an historic-cultural monument, a move that was opposed by Jafa, who plans to demolish the currently uninhabitable house. The L.A....
LOS ANGELES, CA

In a Cryptic New Film, Arthur Jafa Inspires Awe—and Hope—for Black Futurity

The New York art world fell hard for Arthur Jafa five years ago, when, at the now-defunct Harlem location of Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, he debuted Love Is the Message, The Message Is Death (2016), a kaleidoscopic video essay about Black America that brings together more than a hundred appropriated images and videos in the span of a fast-paced seven and a half minutes. Five years later, at the same space in on 127th Street, Jafa is showing his latest work, a new film called AGHDRA (2021) that takes his work in a much different direction. The film contains just a handful...
NEW YORK CITY, NY
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