VENUE: The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NYC
DATE & TIME: Through October 16, 2017 (see schedule)
DESCRIPTION: Black Intimacy explores the ways in which black familial, romantic, and platonic relationships have been portrayed onscreen, with a particular focus on black filmmakers’ attempts at navigating between intimate, personal stories and more broadly political material. Given the legacy of American racial politics, can black love be portrayed onscreen without “making a statement” about race, or is it impossible for the personal to be separated from the political?
Comprising 16 films, two shorts, and a television episode, the series highlights the various ways in which love and relationships are colored by the political, across a wide spectrum of perspectives. Several of the films—Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep, for instance—deal with a particular kind of black male figure and pay close attention to black male identity and struggle; films like Claudine, A Warm December, and The Inkwell portray very different types of black romances and family structures to illustrate a broader scope of love and relationships; the notion of how black women are treated as love interests and how their needs are explored and honored is at the heart of Loosing Ground; and black queer identity, intimacy, and vulnerability are front and center in Looking for Langston and The Watermelon Woman.
LIST OF FILMS/EVENTS:
- A Different Image. 1982. Directed by Alile Sharon Larkin
- Losing Ground. 1982. Directed by Kathleen Collin
- The Inkwell. 1994. Directed by Matty Rich
- Straight Out of Brooklyn. 1991. Directed by Matty Rich
- Sunday on the River. 1961. Directed by Gordon Hitches, Ken Resnick
- Looking for Langston. 1989. Directed by Isaac Julien
- Crooklyn. 1994. Directed by Spike Lee
- Claudine. 1974. Directed by John Berry
- Night Catches Us. 2010. Directed by Tanya Hamilton
- A Warm December. 1973. Directed by Sidney Poitier
- The Learning Tree. 1969. Directed by Gordon Parks
- The Watermelon Woman. 1996. Directed by Cheryl Dunye
- Compensation. 1999. Directed by Zeinabu Irene Davis
- Nothing but a Man. 1964. Directed by Michael Roemer
- Killer of Sheep. 1977. Directed by Charles Burnett
- An Evening with Shikeith Cathey and Rickey Laurentiis
Organized by Adeze Wilford, Joint Fellow, Department of Film, MoMA, and The Studio Museum in Harlem.
The exhibition is supported by the Annual Film Fund.