Dark Matter: An Evening with Cauleen Smith and Courtney Bryan

Tulane University hosts Dark Matter: An Evening with Cauleen Smith and Courtney Bryan at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25, at the Freeman Auditorium at Tulane University.

The New Orleans Center for the Gulf South (Nola Gulf South) and Prospect New Orleans welcomes P.4 artist Cauleen Smith and composer Courtney Bryan for a presentation of select works and conversation about creativity and collaboration. The two artists will focus on shared experiences and points of departure, as they relate their bodies of work to themes of spirituality, technology, realism and the divine, place, and time travel.

Cauleen Smith is an interdisciplinary artist whose work reflects upon the everyday possibilities of the imagination. Operating in multiple materials and arenas, Smith roots her work firmly within the discourse of mid-twentieth- century experimental film. Drawing from structuralism, third world cinema, and science fiction, she makes things that deploy the tactics of these disciplines while offering a phenomenological experience for spectators and participants. Her films, objects, and installations have been featured in group exhibitions at the Studio Museum of Harlem; the Contemporary Art Museum Houston; Yerba Buena Center for Art; the New Museum, New York; D21 Leipzig and Decad, Berlin. Her work is currently featured in Prospect.4 at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans.

Courtney Bryan, a native of New Orleans, is “a pianist and composer of panoramic interests” (New York Times) and an Assistant Professor of Music in the Newcomb Department of Music at Tulane University. Her music ranges from solo works to large ensembles in the new music and jazz idioms, film scores, and collaborations with dancers, visual artists, writers, and actors, and is in conversation with various musical genres, including jazz and other types of experimental music, as well as traditional gospel, spirituals, and hymns. Focusing on bridging the sacred and the secular, Bryan’s compositions explore human emotions through sound, confronting the challenge of notating the feeling of improvisation. Bryan has academic degrees from Oberlin Conservatory (BM), Rutgers University (MM), and a DMA in music composition from Columbia University of New York, with advisor George Lewis.

Presented by the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South. For more information, please contact Regina Cairns at rcairns@tulane.edu or 504-314-2854.