Arthur Jafa: Love is the Message, The Message is Death

An offsite exhibition
September 21 2017-October 22 2017

Bringing art to nontraditional spaces and places in Detroit, Arthur Jafa’s presentation in a building off of Bellevue located near MLK High School seeks to unite and examine what it means to live in America in 2017. Mississippi born Jafa edits scenes of black leaders, musicians, singers, dancers and athletes — the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Barack Obama, Jimi Hendrix, Nina Simone, LeBron James — as well as church soloists and choirs, alternate with video of acts of police harassment and brutality against black men, women and children, including a fatal shooting. The video is set to Kanye West’s rap-gospel, “Ultralight Beam.” A robust schedule of public programs will accompany and be lead by the artist and Greg Tate. New York Times critic Roberta Smith says “Anyone within striking distance of Manhattan should see Arthur Jafa’s searing video Love Is the Message. It is almost unbearably pertinent to our current racial divide.”

Love is the Message, the Message is Death is curated by Elysia Borowy-Reeder, Executive Director and organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

The artists reception is on September 21, 2017 from 7-9pm at 1086 Bellevue Street, Detroit, MI 48207.

*The exhibition is offsite and open Fridays from 1-7p, Saturdays from 12-5, or by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call MOCAD.

Please join us for the Arthur Jafa + Greg Tate talk at MOCAD on Thursday, September 23 at 1PM.

Arthur Jafa, Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death (still), 2016, single-channel video (color, sound), 7:30 minutes, courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/Rome.

Installation view of Arthur Jafa, Love is The Message, The Message is Death (stills), 2016, single-channel video (color, sound) 7:30 minutes, at Gavin Brown’s enterprise. Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/Rome.

Installation view of Arthur Jafa, Love is The Message, The Message is Death (stills), 2016, single-channel video (color, sound) 7:30 minutes, at Gavin Brown’s enterprise. Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/Rome.

Installation view of Arthur Jafa, Love is The Message, The Message is Death (stills), 2016, single-channel video (color, sound) 7:30 minutes, at Gavin Brown’s enterprise. Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/Rome.

Installation view of Arthur Jafa, Love is The Message, The Message is Death (stills), 2016, single-channel video (color, sound) 7:30 minutes, at Gavin Brown’s enterprise. Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/Rome.

Installation view of Arthur Jafa, Love is The Message, The Message is Death (stills), 2016, single-channel video (color, sound) 7:30 minutes, at Gavin Brown’s enterprise. Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/Rome.

Installation view of Arthur Jafa, Love is The Message, The Message is Death (stills), 2016, single-channel video (color, sound) 7:30 minutes, at Gavin Brown’s enterprise. Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/Rome.

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Arthur Jafa, Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death (still), 2016, single-channel video (color, sound), 7:30 minutes, courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/Rome.