Polymathic musician and artist Solange Knowles has partnered with art institutions worldwide to host free screenings of her interdisciplinary performance art film When I Get Home (2019). The 41-minute-long, remastered director’s cut will feature new scenes and a new score.
“The film is an exploration of origin, asking the question how much of ourselves do we bring with us versus leave behind in our evolution,” a press release described in March, when the 33-minute original was first released. “The artist returned to Third Ward Houston to answer this.” The dreamy film pays homage to the legacy of Black cowboys and Afrofuturism.
“When I was younger I would fear what the people called the Holy Spirit and what it would do to the men and women around me,” Solange said in a statement about the film. “I never wanted it to catch me, and was terrified on how it might transform me if it did! Much of this film is a surrendering to that fear. After a really tough health year and the loss of the body that I once knew, the film is an invitation for that same spirit to manifest through me and the work I want to continue to create.”
The extended film will be available on digital stores and streaming services on August 5. See a list of the upcoming screenings below:
- July 17 — Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
- July 18 — LACMA, Los Angeles, CA
- July 18 — Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX
- July 18 — Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
- July 18 — Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
- July 19 — Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, FR
- July 26 — New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
- July 28 — Boston, MA The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
- August 1 — Miami, FL PAMM Free Community Night, Miami, FL
- August 2-8 — The Broad Theater, New Orleans, LA
- August 3 — MCA, Chicago, IL
- August 3, 17, & 24 — BMA Lexington Market, Baltimore, MD
- August 4 — BlackStar Film Festival with ICA Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
- August 30 — V&A, London, UK
- October 13 — Chinati Weekend, Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX
Update 7/17/19 5:44pm: This article has been updated to note that the BMA Lexington Market’s second screening will take place on August 17 rather than August 14.