Floor Three, Susan and John Hess Family Gallery and Theater
The works in this program combine fiction and documentary realism to investigate African and African American experience, asserting resistance to traditional notions of race, gender, labor, and power. Combining hand-drawn imagery, found photographs, footage of slavery, anti-police brutality protests, field recordings of rural West African garment production and an American 1960s Black Panther rally, the filmmakers refuse marginalization, silence and absence, powerfully answering Tony Cokes’ question "how do people make history under conditions pre-established to dissuade them from intervening in it?"
Ja’Tovia Gary (b. 1984), An Ecstatic Experience, 2015
Akosua Adoma Owusu (b. 1984), Intermittent Delight, 2007
Rico Gatson (b. 1966), When She Speaks, 2014
Dyani Douze (b. 1993) and Nontsikelelo Mutiti (b. 1982), Pain Revisited, 2015
Tony Cokes (b. 1956), Black Celebration, 1988
Steffani Jemison (b. 1981), The Meaning of Various Photographs to Tyrand Needham, 2009
Kevin Jerome Everson (b. 1965), Grand Finale, 2015
Tickets are required ($12 adults, students, and seniors; free for members). Doors open thirty minutes before the program begins. Ticket holders are guaranteed admission until the start of the program, at which time any unclaimed seats will be released.
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The Susan and John Hess Family Theater is equipped with an induction loop and infrared assistive listening system. Accessible seating is available.
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