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

The Flaherty

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 trailblazing 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, 1977
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)
Tony Koros, Tithes & Offerings, 2018
Josza Anjembe, French, 2016
(French with English subtitles)

This page will be updated as more information is confirmed. 

About the Flaherty

Flaherty is a media arts organization that brings together diverse and curious minds to foster an in-depth discourse on film and the creative process. They build a dynamic film community through provocative and interactive programming, passionate dialogue, and industry expertise.

They’re dedicated to the proposition that independent media can illuminate the human spirit. Its mission is to foster exploration, dialogue, and introspection about the art and craft of all forms of the moving image. The Flaherty was chartered as International Film Seminars, Inc. in Vermont, but is based in New York City. It was established in 1960 to present the annual Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, which was started in 1954 by the Robert Flaherty Foundation. The Seminar remains the central and defining activity of The Flaherty.


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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