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“a bit like if BET merged with CNN and then merged with Artforum and The New Yorker.”
—Artnet News
Visual Art
Kahlil Joseph


Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation and out of consideration for the health of our audiences, staff, and artists, this event has been canceled.

As we continually monitor and assess this evolving situation, we will share updates via email and BAM social media. You can also visit the BAM Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates page.

“the creator of intellectually and emotionally dense short films showcasing black excellence, strangeness, and history.”
—Hilton Als, The New Yorker
Kahlil Joseph is either the savviest artist working today or the idealistic leader of a burgeoning media empire. He might be both. Known for his large-scale video installations and collaborations with Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Arcade Fire, FKA twigs, and Shabazz Palaces, the Los Angeles-based artist and filmmaker muddies the divide between intellectual and commercial, avant-garde cinema and music video.
Joseph’s latest work, a two-channel video installation which made waves at the Venice Biennale last year, is his actualized vision of an un-whitewashed news media. Viewers can tune in to an uninterrupted stream of images both familiar and unfamiliar, manipulated and unmanipulated. Music videos, internet memes, and miscellaneous YouTube footage are interspersed with uplifting commercials, talking heads-style debate, stand-up comedy, and human interest stories, all transmitted through a Black lens. With new updates continually being added, BLKNWS is at once a brilliant work of digital art and a compellingly viable business proposition.

BLKNWS will be on view at Weeksville Heritage Center, one of the first communities for free Black Americans in the US. Presenting BLKNWS at Weeksville allows the groundbreaking work to be seen by different audiences and communities and expands on BAM’s long-established relationship with the historical institution.

Devitre Lounge / Peter Jay Sharp Building (12—10pm daily)

Campbell Lobby / BAM Strong (one hour before shows in the Harvey Theater)

Weeksville Heritage Center (Tue & Thu, 10am—6pm; Wed, 10am—8pm; Fri, 10am—5pm; and Sat, 11am—5pm)

Free and open to the public

Leadership support for BAM Visual Art provided by Toby Devan Lewis


Leadership support for off-site programs provided by:

Howard Gilman

“Kahlil Joseph Imagines a News Channel Foregrounded in Black Excellence” (Hyperallergic)
With BLKNWS, Joseph combats the racist and one-dimensional gaze of the news media.
“Kahlil Joseph Is Challenging Representations of Black Life in America” (Surface)
BLKNWS has been broadcast at the Underground Museum, Stanford University, and a barbershop in Washington, D.C. Joseph hopes it might find its way to hospital emergency rooms and other public spaces.