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A Possibility that Exists Alongside: Sable Elyse Smith

Gallery Tour

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Sable Elyse Smith. Photo: Kyle Dorosz

Join artist Sable Elyse Smith for an intimate walkthrough of the exhibition “Mirror/Echo/Tilt”. This program is part of “A Possibility that Exists Alongside,” a series of artist-led gallery talks highlighting the capacity of voice—through writing, speech, and movement—to challenge, provoke, and create new possibilities. “Mirror/Echo/Tilt” is a video, performance, and pedagogical project created by artists Melanie Crean, Shaun Leonardo, and Sable Elyse Smith in collaboration with individuals affected by the justice system. Focusing on embodied gesture across fragmented and repeated vignettes, the multichannel video employs nonverbal forms of meter, pause, and syntax to counter narratives imposed by the carceral state.

Sable Elyse Smith (b. 1986, Los Angeles, CA) is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and educator based in New York and Richmond, Virginia. Using video, sculpture, photography, and text, she points to the carceral, the personal, the political, and the quotidian to reveal largely unseen and potentially imperceptible violence. Her work has been presented at the High Line, New York (2018); Brooklyn Academy of Music (2018); Atlanta Contemporary (2018); New Museum, New York (2017); the Queens Museum (2017); the Studio Museum in Harlem (2017); Recess Assembly, New York (2017); MoMA P.S.1, New York (2016); Birkbeck Cinema in collaboration with the Serpentine Galleries, London (2016); and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Artists’ Television Access, San Francisco (2013). She is Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Extended Media at the University of Richmond.

This gallery tour is at capacity. We invite you to join us later in the evening for the performance and panel discussion So the Body May Think, Feel, Move: Healing, Justice, and Performative Embodiment. Tickets are available here.

Additional public programs in the series A Possibility that Exists Alongside include:

Thursday July 18, 6 PM
A Possibility that Exists Alongside: Gallery Tour by Shaun Leonardo and Poetry Reading by Nicole Sealey

Thursday, August 22, 6 PM
A Possibility that Exists Alongside: Gallery Tour by Melanie Crean and Poetry Reading by Jess Saldaña

The New Museum is wheelchair accessible; learn more about access services and amenities here. To request accommodations, please email or call 212.219.1222 ×235 at least three weeks in advance.


This program is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Support for “Melanie Crean, Shaun Leonardo, Sable Elyse Smith: Mirror/Echo/Tilt” can be viewed here.

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