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Thursday, October 26, 2017

“Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People”

Introduction by Shawnya Harris, Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Curator of African American and African Diasporic Art, Georgia Museum of Art
7 – 9 pm

Join the Georgia Museum of Art for films discussed by scholars, filmmakers and students. Each film will include a 15-minute introduction by a guest speakers and short conversations about the film following the screening.

The first documentary to focus on the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, this film brings to light photographs by both professional and vernacular African American photographers. “Through a Lens Darkly” moves between the present and the past, through contemporary photographers and artists whose images and stories seek to reconcile legacies of pride and shame while giving voice to images long suppressed, forgotten and hidden from sight. Featuring work by artists Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Coco Fusco, Clarissa Sligh, James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks and many others. (2014, PG, 92 min.) Presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête.” Sponsored by the University of Georgia Parent Leadership Council.