Nearly 100 years after the release of D. W. Griffith’s epic The Birth of a Nation, performance artist and musician Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, has applied a “DJ mix” to one of the most revered and reviled films ever made. Miller’s reading of the overt racism depicted in a Reconstruction-era South hurtles Griffith’s images into the 21st century, a sociopolitical landscape that has evolved beyond all expectations. Originally commissioned as a live multimedia performance, this theatrical version features an original score by Miller, performed by Kronos Quartet. This weeklong engagement will be augmented by two screenings of MoMA’s archival print of Griffith’s original film.
Organized by Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film.