Cauleen Smith, still from Remote Viewing, 2010, digital film for projection, color/sound, total running time: 15 minutes, 24 seconds. Courtesy of Corbett vs. Dempsey.

Cauleen Smith, still from Remote Viewing, 2010, digital film for projection, color/sound, total running time: 15 minutes, 24 seconds. Courtesy of Corbett vs. Dempsey.

Cauleen Smith, still from Remote Viewing, 2010, digital film for projection, color/sound, total running time: 15 minutes, 24 seconds. Courtesy of Corbett vs. Dempsey.

Cauleen Smith: Remote Viewing

Spring 2021

Smith’s work has most recently been featured at The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, and in 2019, a retrospective of her work was exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. Smith was the recipient of Studio Museum of Harlem’s annual Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize and a $50,000 prize.

Remote Viewing came about as a result of Smith’s return to LA to teach in 2008. This shift first conjured ideas of the light and space of the west. Her reaction to this, as both an artist and teacher, was to look for something that would enable a discussion about the filmic scale and dynamism of this new environment. These thoughts led her to the concepts of Land Art and, importantly, an immediate frustration with the alienation in that movement between the main idea–the land itself–and memory, one of Smith’s ongoing primary concerns.

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At that moment Smith was considering this erasure of ideas, she happened to hear a StoryCorps segment on the radio. In it, a man related that, as a boy, he had watched the whites in his town attempt to obliterate every trace of the black community’s history by digging a deep hole in which to bury a historical schoolhouse built for the education of black students there.

To Smith, this scene and thoughts of the Land Art movement invoked the idea of a parallel erasure. Visually, the schoolhouse burial, like many Land Artworks, seemed to be a horrible intersection between the sublime and the obscene, a doppelgänger to the myopia of Land Art.

Remote Viewing’s title simultaneously refers to the inaccessibility of Land Art’s iconic works, mostly experienced at a distance through photo documentation, and to how this remove mirrors the detachment evident in our acceptance of systemic social violence accessed via the blithe click of a TV remote control.

Additional Programs & Initiatives

Virtual Viewing Room
A curated digital portal to learn more about the artist, his work, and his place in contemporary art today; featuring interviews and exhibition tours on loan from the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, the Pérez Art Museum, Miami and Lehmann Maupin, New York.

Exhibition Publication
A full-color publication with an interview with the artist by Guest Curator, Michael Goodson; exhibition checklist; artist biography, and annotations of additional resources.

Ohio Curators Safely-Distanced Breakfast & Live ZOOM Tour
Date TBD
An on-site and virtual opportunity for our 75+ Ohio museum and gallery curator partners to learn about the exhibition, it’s potential to tour to partner venues, and meet the curator.

Friends & Family Open House
Date TBD

Meet the Artist: A Virtual Interview with Cauleen Smith & Curator Michael Goodson
Date TBD

Exhibition Sponsorships & Benefits

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$25,000 Presenting Sponsor
• Name of Company or Family Name Presents: Zachary Armstrong
• Level 4 recognition on exhibition wall and website
• All benefits listed below

$10,000 Inaugural Catalogue Series Sponsor
• Logo and name on title page
• Level 3 recognition on exhibition wall and website
• All benefits listed below

$5,000 Digital Sponsor
• Web page banner
• All benefits listed below

$2,500 Exhibition Partner
• Level 2 recognition on exhibition intro wall and website;
Level 2 is 2” vinyl company logo on exhibition wall and on sponsor section of website
• All benefits listed below

$1,500 Public Program Partner
• Level 1 recognition on exhibition intro wall and website;
Level 1 is 1” vinyl company logo on exhibition wall and on sponsor section of website
• All benefits listed below

$500 Exhibition Friend
• Recognition on gallery signage, all print and digital materials
• Invitation to Sponsor Preview

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