New Benton show includes recent acquisitions

Pomona College’s Benton Museum of Art, 120 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont, recently acquired three works by contemporary artist Cauleen Smith which are on exhibit in “Transmissions, or these histories we lest not forget” through July 23.

The free and open to the public exhibition features Smith’s 22-minute film “Sojourner,” and two paper displays, “Lose Your Mother: a Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route,” and “In the Wake: On Blackness and Being.” The exhibit also includes work by Sophia Nahli Allison and Madeleine Hunt Ehrlich.

“Together all of these works celebrate Black female revolutionaries and carry their words, ideas, and ideals into the present and future,” read a Benton news release. “Transmissions highlights the continuous line of faith, rapture, and liberatory potential that connects today’s artists with yesterday’s prescient visionaries.”

Smith, born in Riverside, California, in 1967, is an “interdisciplinary artist whose work reflects upon the everyday possibilities of the imagination,” the release continued. The exhibit is guest-curated by Jheanelle Brown, a Los Angeles-based film curator, programmer, educator, and arts administrator.

The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., Thursdays to 10 p.m. All exhibitions and events at the Benton are free and open to the public.

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