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Remembrance: A Portrait Study (1967) by Edward Owens

Always Moving: African American Portraiture in Film

curated by Gina Basso and Steve Polta
livestream on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 7pm PST
presented in association with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

 

artists in person to be announced

LIVESTREAM BONUS FILMS
Memory Palace (2015) by Martine Syms
Goddess (2018) by Kevin Jerome Everson

Always Moving: African American Portraiture in Film presents eight historic and contemporary moving image works created 1967–2019. Engaging with traditions as diverse as ‘60s New York underground filmmaking, ‘70s left coast political manifesto, portraiture, street photography and stag film, these films frame experiences of public and community life, family history and political struggle within the contexts of African American photographic traditions and countercultural expression. Throughout, the works consider the intimate lives of strangers, friends and family and reframe representations of joy and love, struggle and resilience and the simple pleasures found in the everyday. This program was curated in 2020 and originally was to have screened April 2 (with a slightly different line-up) at SFMOMA in the context of Dawoud Bey: An American Project. (Gina Basso and Steve Polta)

SCREENING: Remembrance: A Portrait Study (1967) by Edward Owens; 16mm screened as digital video, color, sound, 6 minutes. The Orchid (1972) by Samuel R. Delany; screened as digital video, color, sound, 32 minutes. Hour Glass (1971) by Haile Gerima; 16mm screened as digital video, b&w, sound, 13 minutes. Medea (1973) by Ben Caldwell; 16mm screened as digital video, color, sound, 7 minutes. Memory Palace (2015) by Martine Syms, digital video, color, sound, 3 minutes (livestream only). Goddess (2018) by Kevin Jerome Everson; digital video, color, silent, 2 minutes (livestream only). After DeCarava (2018) by Paige Taul; digital video, b&w, silent, 2 minutes. Garden (2017) by Alima Lee; digital video, color, sound, 7 minutes.

 

full program notes and artist bios available at
https://www.sfcinematheque.org/video-programs/always-moving-african-american-portraiture-in-film-2/