Kevin Jerome Everson has made an expansive body of work composed of over seventy short-form pieces and five feature-length films that present images of the lives of black Americans through his own distinctive practice of cinematic portraiture: a blend of fiction and documentary that hones in on subjects of labor and leisure. His latest feature, Quality Control, looks at the workings of an Alabama dry cleaner’s from every angle of operation, from its machine-filled back room to the front-desk interaction with customers. For his long, uninterrupted takes, Everson uses complete rolls of black-and-white 16mm stock, lending the film an air of historical certitude while subtly undermining its truth claims. Keenly observational, Quality Control reveals the hidden choreographies of an average workday, arguing for the inherent art of a job well done.
May 23, 24, and 26
12, 2, and 4 pm
2, 4, and 7 pm
12 and 2 pm
Quality Control, 2011
16mm film, black-and-white, sound; 70 min.
Courtesy Trilobite-Arts-DAC and Picture Palace Pictures
Screenings are free with Museum admission. Admittance is on a first-come, first-seated basis until capacity is reached. Late admittance is strongly discouraged, so please arrive early.