JAN 13- FEB 25, 2012

Smile
Kehinde Wiley, 2001
Digital Video, 1 hour 30 minutes looped
Courtesy of the artist and Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, CA

Kehinde Wiley’s Smile, a video created while a student at Yale University, challenges four men, each in a separate quadrant of the screen, to smile directly into the camera’s lens for one full hour.  As the minutes pass, the smile gradually contorts; the “smile” muscles spasm and each model’s performance becomes a strenuous test of endurance.

Smile is being screened as part of the UMOCA ongoing video series, Looped.