Greater Toronto Art 2024, March 22–July 28.

Cauleen Smith


February 1, 2022
–February 28, 2022
A Still from Cauleen Smith "Pilgrim" (2017)

Cauleen Smith, Pilgrim, 2017. 7′41″. 16mm film transferred to video, sound. Courtesy the artist and Corbett Vs. Dempsey.

Pilgrim unfolds as a dreamlike pilgrimage across the United States tracing sites of radical generosity and creativity that have come to inspire Cauleen Smith. These include Alice Coltrane-Turiyasangitananda’s ashram, Simon Rodia’s Watts Towers and the Watervliet Shaker Historic District, the site of the country’s first Shaker community. A live recording of Alice Coltrane’s 1978 jazz piano composition “One for the Father” accompanies the film’s ethereal lyricism.

Cauleen Smith is an artist and filmmaker whose work explores Afrofuturism, spiritualism, utopianism and Black creativity in equally powerful and poetic ways.

Past Shift Key Programmes

A still from Cecilia Vicuña "Paracas" (1983)
Cecilia Vicuña
Mona Hatoum
Aura Satz
Preemptive Listening (Part 1: The Fork in the Road)
Allora & Calzadilla
Returning a Sound