Dallas Museum of Art presents Arthur Jafa: Love is the Message, The Message is Death
The Dallas Museum of Art will join 13 institutions across the world in hosting a 48-hour live streaming of Arthur Jafa’s renowned film Love is the Message, The Message is Death. This event marks the first time the artist has authorized showing the video outside of a museum or gallery setting.
Love is the Message, The Message is Death (2016) was acquired by the DMA in 2017 and was the centerpiece of the DMA’s exhibition "Truth: 24 frames per second," a survey of the Museum’s film and video collection. The video offers a powerfully moving montage of original and appropriated footage - set to Kanye West’s gospel-inflected song “Ultralight Beam” - that explores the mix of joy and pain, transcendence and tragedy that characterizes the Black American experience.
The film points to the ongoing violence and racism against Black people that is foundational to U.S. history and continues to play out in the present. It also shows how Black Americans have taken these experiences and created cultural, political, and aesthetic achievements that are intrinsic to the national identity.