Cauleen Smith “The Wanda Coleman Songbook”

52 Walker (David Zwirner)

poster for Cauleen Smith “The Wanda Coleman Songbook”

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52 Walker presents its tenth exhibition, The Wanda Coleman Songbook, which will feature the work of Los Angeles–based artist Cauleen Smith (b. 1967).

The Wanda Coleman Songbook is an immersive video installation that enlists scent, sight, and sound to explore the multidimensional depth of poems by Wanda Coleman (1946–2013). Coleman was widely considered the unofficial poet laureate of Los Angeles, and her work guided Smith’s reacquaintance with the city after a sixteen-year absence. At the heart of The Wanda Coleman Songbook listening room, visitors are invited to drop a needle on the eponymously titled, limited-edition two-color vinyl 12-inch EP with commissioned contributions by Kelsey Lu, Shala Miller, moor mother and Aquiles Navarro, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jeff Parker and Ruby Parker, Alice Smith, and Jamila Woods and Standing on the Corner.

Wanda through the streets of LA. Let Wanda be your guide.



from January 19, 2024 to March 16, 2024


Cauleen Smith

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