Charles Burnett: The Power to Endure
April 6–25, 2011
Read the introductory essay by exhibition co-organizer Robert E. Kapsis (adapted from his introduction to Charles Burnett: Interviews, used by permission of the University Press of Mississippi)
Each of Burnett’s films can be seen to chronicle some aspect of the black experience in America, offering black and white audiences alike a moving representation and triumphant appreciation of African American culture, with a strong emphasis on both the rewards and burdens of family. It should be evident from the films presented in this retrospective that Burnett is a talent deserving of a much larger audience.
Charles Burnett and Robert Kapsis will be signing copies of Kapsis's new book Charles Burnett: Interviews on Friday, April 8, at 7:00 p.m. in the film lobby.
The exhibition is made possible by The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art.