Celebrating film as an important source material for artists, Studio Screen presents exhibitions-related screenings and conversations that engage the complex intersections of film and contemporary art.
The Studio Museum in Harlem is proud to partner with caribBeinga non-profit organization who builds community through the lens of Caribbean cinema, culture and artto present Studio Screen: when they grow up, celebrating Caribbean Heritage Month. The programwhich will be followed by the first Uptown Fridays! dance party of the seasonis presented on the occasion of Ebony G. Pattersons when they grow up, an immersive, site-specific installation which highlights the systemic issue of ephehiphobia, or fear and loathing of children. Taking inspiration from Ebonys interest in urban youth culture and teenagers ability to self-organize despite mounting odds, the selection of shorts focuses on Caribbean youth as they struggle with tough decisions, and confront their own innocence in the face of societal pressures that prescribe adult responses from them. The films include:
Missing Melodie (Monique Campbell, 2008, 7 mins.)
A young woman emigrates from Jamaica, looking forward to the reunion with her mother- but is sadly disappointed by the bitter reality.
No Soca, No Life (Kevin Adams, 2012, 30 mins.)
Olivia is a teenage girl from an impoverished community with a fabulous singing voice, honed in the church choir. When she decides to use her talent to sing soca, however, Olivia must face many hurdles, not least of all stiff opposition from her mother.
Making History (Karen D. McKinnon & Caecilia Tripp, 2008, 9 mins.)
Two friends, acclaimed Carribean writer Edouard Glissant and poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, meet on a summer day and discuss issues of cultural identity. Analogously, a young woman traverses a metropolis alone.
Raft of Medusa (Alexis Peskine, 2016, 10 mins.)
A short film depicting youthful migrants of African descent immigrating to the Western World from countries that were long colonized and exploited. The film explores the power and richness of these once colonized places, and speaks to the strength and vivacity of the youth uprising in these freshly independent nations, whilst also exposing the obstacles they face in the new world.
The screening will be followed by a public dialogue and Q&A with two of the featured filmmakers, moderated by Shelley Worrell, co-founder of caribBeing and Nico Wheadon, Director of Public Programs + Community Engagement at The Studio Museum in Harlem.
Participants are then invited to transition upstairs for a special Caribbean themed Uptown Fridays!, the museums summer series which transforms our courtyard and galleries into a vibrant social hub, featuring the sounds of Libation's DJ Ian Friday with Manchildblack and Afro Mosaic Soul, and signature cocktails.
This program is free with Museum admission, which is a suggested donation of $7 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. All seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
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