Computer generated screenshot of a unicorn flying over what looks to be a stadium. There is a woman riding the unicorn.
Jacolby Satterwhite
American, b. Columbia, South Carolina, 1986
Birds in Paradise
2019
Two-channel video; color; sound; 18:20 min.
Proposed acquisition, November 2020
@ Jacolby Satterwhite / Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York

Jacolby Satterwhite uses digital animation to construct epic imagined worlds inspired by video games, Afrofuturism, and queer theory. Birds in Paradise is set primarily in a vast coliseum over which a nude Black man wearing a cowboy hat soars on a winged metallic horse. The computer-generated scenes unfold alongside live-action footage of Satterwhite himself as he participates in Yoruba-derived rituals related to rebirth and regeneration. The soundtrack features recordings of Patricia Satterwhite, the artist’s late mother, singing the words “born to be free” and other phrases layered against electronic dance tracks. Satterwhite has described this video, with its emphasis on return and repetition, as a reflection on “being reborn and re-centering yourself, finding home again.”


Catch Jacolby Satterwhite discuss Birds in Paradise with Hirshhorn associate curator Marina Isgro on May 19 at 7 pm.



Past

  • May 14–Jun 11

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    Jacolby Satterwhite

    American, b. Columbia, South Carolina, 1986
    Birds in Paradise
    2019
    Two-channel video; color; sound; 18:20 min.
    Proposed acquisition, November 2020
    @ Jacolby Satterwhite / Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York

  • May 21–Jun 18

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    Hiraki Sawa

    Japanese, b. Ishikawa, 1977
    Dwelling
    2003
    Single-channel video; black and white; sound; 9:20 min.
    Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2006 (06.2)

  • May 28–Jun 25

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    Chris Chong Chan Fui

    Malaysian, b. Borneo, 1982
    BLOCK B
    2009
    35mm film transferred to video; color; sound; 20:44 min.
    Museum Purchase, 2010 (10.2)

  • Jun 04–Jul 02

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    Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler

    Irish, American, Swiss, b. Dublin, 1965 / Swiss, b. Baden, 1962
    House with Pool
    2004
    Single-channel video; color; sound; 20:39 min.
    Holenia Purchase Fund, in memory of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 2006 (06.36)

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