Playing in the Dark: Glenn Ligon Presents Thomas Edison Films
Introduced by Glenn Ligon
Thursday, November 4, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
In conjunction with the Museum’s current exhibition “Contemporary Art from the Collection,” the artist Glenn Ligon has curated this special selection of films by Thomas Edison and other pioneering filmmakers, exploring the various ways that race and ethnicity are represented in early American cinema. “In works such as Watermelon Eating Contest (1896), Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1901) and A Change of Complexion (1914),” he notes, “one can observe how the language of this new technology is mobilized in the service of reinforcing prevailing notions of race and ethnicity, and see how in subtle and obvious ways the actors in the productions ‘break the frame.’” Ligon will also present an excerpt from his video installation The Death of Tom (2008), now on view in the Museum’s second floor galleries, which he based on the last scenes of Edison’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin and created in collaboration with the pianist Jason Moran. Silent; with piano accompaniment by Donald Sosin.
In the Film exhibition To Save and Project: The Eighth MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation
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