The Program in Visual Arts presents a series of conversations and film screenings that celebrate the work of Black women filmmakers and their unique cinematic contributions to contemporary visual culture. Co-curated by award-winning multi-media artist Simone Leigh and Black feminist theorist of visual culture and contemporary art Tina Campt, the series extends a collaboration begun with the 2018 Loophole of Retreat conference convened at the Guggenheim Museum as a commitment to using public programming platforms to highlight the creative, artistic, and intellectual labor of Black women.
On October 22, Nuotama Bodomo and Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich join in conversation with curators Tina Campt and Simone Leigh followed by a screening of selected works.
October 7 at 6 PM — Filmmaking in Troubled Times
Filmmakers Julie Dash, Zeinabu irene Davis and Barbara McCullough, pioneering artists whose early work created in the context of this movement has until recently been overlooked and undervalued, join in conversation with Angela Davis and series co-curator, Simone Leigh. The discussion will be followed by a screening of a selection of early works from the women of the LA Rebellion movement.
- Dash, Illusions (1982)
- McCullough, Water Ritual #1: An Urban Rite of Purification (1979)
- Camille Billops and James Hatch, Suzanne, Suzanne (1982)
- Zeinabu irene Davis, Cycles (1989)
October 22 at 6 PM — The Black Surreal
Nuotama Bodomo and Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich in conversation with curators Tina Campt and Simone Leigh followed by a screening of selected works.
- Hunt-Ehrlich, Spit on the Broom (2019) and Outfox the Grave (2020)
- Bodomo, Afronauts (2014) and Boneshaker (2014)
October 29 at 6 PM — Experiments in Narrative
Garrett Bradley and Rungano Nyoni in conversation with curators Tina Campt and Simone Leigh followed by a screening of selected works.
- Bradley, Alone (2017)
- Nyoni, I Am Not a Witch (2017)
JOIN THE EVENTS
Each event is FREE and open to the public and will take place virtually on Zoom Webinar. Registration is required and advance registration is encouraged.
The series conversations will include live closed captions in English. Rather than registering for the Zoom Webinar, interested patrons should connect directly to the captioned event through StreamText. Reference these instructions for accessing and using StreamText (PDF).
If you are in need of other access accommodations in order to participate in this event, please contact the Lewis Center at 609-258-5262 or email LewisCenter@princeton.edu at least 2 weeks in advance of the event date.
The series is presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts and Princeton University’s Department of Art and Archaeology with additional support through the John Sacret Young ’69 Lecture Series fund.
*Banner image: Still from the film ‘Cycles’ (1989), by Zeinabu irene Davis