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Cauleen Smith

Many Worlds Have Already Ended: Social Traumas and Long Memory

Moderated by Dr. Treva Lindsey


In the next Diversities in Practice talk, interdisciplinary artist Cauleen Smith revisits film/video and installation works that speak to the pressures currently affecting us all.

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Diversities in Practice is a collaboration between Ohio State’s Wexner Center for the Arts, Department of Art, and Living Culture Initiative. This series includes talks and moderated discussions featuring a range of artists, thinkers, and practitioners engaged in compelling and critical work, centering projects that examine, shape, and push both material and ideological boundaries. This season we are happy to present Jonathan Berger, Torkwase Dyson, Cauleen Smith, Carolyn Lazard, Constantina Zavitsanos, and other artists who offer new insights and challenge our assumptions on issues of accessibility discrimination, race-based displacement, capitalism, labor, and systems of authority and authenticity. These presentations will be available online throughout 2020–21. Also available online are talks from 2020 with Christine Sun Kim, Stephanie Syjuco, Tomashi Jackson, Earlonne Woods, and Nigel Poor. Watch this website for updates and details.

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Cauleen Smith’s interdisciplinary work reflects on the everyday possibilities of the imagination. Rooting her work firmly within the discourse of mid-20th century experimental film while also drawing from structuralism, third-world cinema, and science fiction, she makes things that deploy the tactics of activism to serve ecstatic social space and contemplation. Based in Chicago, Smith is contractually obligated to list the following and does so gratefully: she is the recipient of Rockefeller Media Arts Award, Creative Capital Award, Chicago 3Arts Award, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant, Chicago EXPO Artadia Award, Rauschenberg Residency, Herb Alpert Award in the Arts in Film/Video 2016, and United States Artists Award 2017. She is also the 2016 inaugural recipient of the Ellsworth Kelly Award and the 2020 recipient of the Studio Museum Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize. She is represented by Corbett vs. Dempsey. Read more.

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Dr. Treva Lindsey is an associate professor in Ohio State’s Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her research and teaching interests include African American women’s history, Black culture and feminism(s), hip hop studies, critical race and gender theory, and sexual politics. Her first book, Colored No More: Reinventing Black Womanhood in Washington, D.C was a Choice 2017 “Outstanding Academic Title.” She is currently completing her next book, America Goddam: Violence, Black Women, and The Struggle for Justice (University of California Press 2022).

Lindsey is the recipient of numerous grants, fellowships, and awards. She is a 2020–21 ACLS/Mellon Scholars and Society Fellow, received the 2018–19 Ohio State College of Arts and Sciences Diversity Enhancement Faculty Award, and was the inaugural Equity for Women and Girls of Color Fellow at Harvard University (2016–17), among other recognitions from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Emory University, and the National Women’s Studies Association.

Lindsey has published in The Journal of Pan-African Studies, Souls, African and Black Diaspora, African American Review, and The Journal of African American History, and she contributes to Time, CNN, Al Jazeera, BET, Vox, Huffington Post, Billboard, Bustle, Washington Post, Women’s Media Center, Zora, and Cosmopolitan, among many other outlets. Read more.

Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Wexner Center for the Arts, Department of Art, and Living Culture Initiative.

American Electric Power Foundation

Ingram-White Castle Foundation
State Farm
Ohio Arts Council
Martha Holden Jennings Foundation
PNC Foundation
Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center
Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation

Greater Columbus Arts Council
Mary and C. Robert Kidder
L Brands Foundation
American Electric Power Foundation
The Columbus Foundation
Ohio Arts Council
Bill and Sheila Lambert
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Nationwide Foundation
Adam Flatto
Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease
Arlene and Michael Weiss

Carol and David Aronowitz
Michael and Paige Crane
Axium Plastics
Fenwick & West LLP
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
M/I Homes
Ohio State Energy Partners
Regina Miracle International Ltd.
Washington Prime Group
Alene Candles
Lisa Barton
Fuel Transport
Russell and Joyce Gertmenian
Liza Kessler and Greg Henchel
Nancy Kramer
Matrix Psychological Services
Paramount Group, Inc.
Bruce and Joy Soll
Clark and Sandra Swanson
Business Furniture Installations
E.C. Provini Co, Inc.
Garlock Printing & Converting
New England Development
Our Country Home
Performance Team
Premier Candle Corporation
Steiner + Associates
Textile Printing
Andrew and Amanda Wise


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