Installation photograph, Our Wake Up Call For Freedoms, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Jan 21–Jun 4, 2022, photo © UMOCA

Kehinde Wiley: Smile

Jan 13, 2012 – Feb 25, 2012

JAN 13- FEB 25, 2012

Wiley’s Smile, a video created while a student at Yale University, challenges four men, each in a separate quadrant of the screen, to smile directly into the camera’s lens for one full hour. As the minutes pass, the smile gradually contorts; the “smile” muscles spasm and each model’s performance becomes a strenuous test of endurance.

Smile is being screened as part of the UMOCA ongoing video series, Looped.

Smile Kehinde Wiley, 2001, 1 hour 30 minutes looped Digital Video Courtesy of the artist and Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, CA Kehinde