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e.g.: Kehinde Wiley, Smile

Presented by Brigham Young University Museum of Art at Brigham Young University Museum of Art, Provo UT

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Apr 12 - 30 2016
e.g.: Kehinde Wiley, Smile

For this video artwork by Kehinde Wiley, seventeen young men were asked to smile unceasingly in front of a camera for one hour. Found on the streets of New York by the artist, they were subjected to a surprisingly difficult performance of endurance, emotion, and strain. Obligated to appear happy—at any cost—they stoically submit to this discomfort and humiliation, face after interchangeable face. When each man in the four video channels can no longer bear his grin, he is replaced by yet

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