Yorkshire Sculpture International: Cauleen Smith

22 June – 29 September 2019


From new work by international artists to sculpture drawn from world-class collections, this festival across Leeds and Wakefield showcases sculpture in all its forms.

Cauleen Smith (b. Riverside, California) is an interdisciplinary artist best known for her work in film. Reactivating archives and harnessing the possibilities of imagination, her work especially addresses issues faced by black women today.

Yorkshire Sculpture International includes Smith’s film Sojourner, 2018, presented as a new installation, in which she reimagines the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum in Joshua Tree, California, as a radical feminist utopia. The work takes its name from and pays homage to activist Sojourner Truth (1797-1883), and to the spiritual journey the film’s protagonists embark upon.

Smith received a BA from San Francisco State University in 1991 and an MFA from the University of California in 1998. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches at CalArts. Along with screenings at many international film festivals, her recent solo exhibitions include Cauleen Smith: We Already Have What We Need, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (2019) and Give It Or Leave It, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (2017); her work also featured in the Whitney Biennial, New York (2017).

About Yorkshire Sculpture International

Yorkshire Sculpture International is delivered by the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle made up of the Henry Moore Institute, The Hepworth Wakefield, Leeds Art Gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. It showcases the breadth and diversity of contemporary sculptural practice, inspiring audiences to rethink what they understand the form to be.

At the Henry Moore Institute, Phyllida Barlow’s assertion that ‘sculpture is the most anthropological of the art forms’ brings together five extraordinary artists whose work looks at the relationship between material culture and an understanding of human history, present and future.

Within the trajectory and methods of anthropology lie the foundations of history and all social sciences. Objects play a pivotal role in that framework, with material culture often made to function as a form of black box recorder that can play back history, identity, belonging and difference. The exhibition at the Institute reflects upon this responsibility of objects.


Venue details

Venue address

Henry Moore Institute
The Headrow
United Kingdom
T: 0113 246 7467

Opening times

Open 7 days a week, except Bank Holidays, from 11am to 5:30pm and until 8pm on Wednesdays.
Galleries are closed on Mondays.

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