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Photo by Madeline Anderson, I Am Somebody, 1970 (still). Courtesy of Icarus Films.

Flaherty Film Seminar

Black Beauty on Film

August 28 & 29, 2019, 8pm

On the High Line at the Spur, at 30th St. and 10th Ave.


This two-day film series collaboration with the Flaherty celebrates the trailbazing Simone Leigh’s Brick House. The two nights feature short works by primarily women filmmakers from around the world. With Leigh’s focus on Black female beauty and empowerment in mind, curators Jon-Sesrie Goff and Claire Diao selected films and videos that represent the range and complexity of Black female-identified creativity.

Wednesday, August 28, 8pm
Curated by Jon-Sesrie Goff
Introductory conversation with Madeline Anderson and Jon-Sesrie Goff
Tamika Galanis, Returning the Gaze, 2018
Lauren Kelly, Get the Bones from 88 Jones Because She Also Eats Meat, 2007
Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, La cabeza mató a todos, 2014 (2018 Flaherty Seminar Artist)
Julie Dash, The Diary of an African Nun, 1975
Julie Dash, Four Women, 1975 (1989 Seminar Artist)
Madeline Anderson, I Am Somebody, 1970 (1970 Seminar Artist)

Thursday, August 29, 8pm
Curated by Claire Diao
Baloji, Peau de chagrin / Bleu de nuit, 2018
(French, Lingala with English subtitles)
Angele Diabang, My Beloved Cowife, 2018
(Wolof with English or French subtitles)
Josza Anjembe, French, 2016
(French with English subtitles)

This page will be updated as more information is confirmed. 


Lead support for High Line Art comes from Amanda and Don Mullen. Major support for High Line Art is provided by Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip E. Aarons, The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, and the Charina Endowment Fund. High Line Art is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council, under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson.

Major support of the High Line Plinth comes from a dedicated group of contemporary art leaders and philanthropists. The High Line Plinth Committee supports the realization and success of major art commissions on the Plinth. The Committee includes Shelley Fox Aarons, Fairfax Dorn, Andrew Hall, Hermine Riegerl Heller, J. Tomilson Hill, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Donald R. Mullen, Jr., Mario J. Palumbo, Jr, and Anonymous.

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Simone Leigh

Brick House

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