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Chet Canlas, Memories to Light (still), 2021. Courtesy of the artist and the Center for Asian American Media.
Music

Memories to Light: Never Brighter

Composers Danny Clay and Theresa Wong perform a newly commissioned score to accompany a film collage exploring Asian American history.

Illustration by Olimpia Zagnoli
Exhibition

Next to You

Next to You is a secret reverie for those longing for the energy of a crowd and a meditative space for recovering long dormant senses as a new world unfolds.

Alice Sheppard and Laurel Lawson fly through a cloudless blue sky with arms outstretched and their wheelchair wheels spinning. You don’t see the ground, only sky. Alice is a coffee skinned multiracial Black woman with curly hair, and Laurel is a pale white woman with short teal hair. They both wear metallic silver and gold, and Laurel has a wide, peaceful smile.
Film/Video

We Belong

A selection of short films reveal the soft power of dance to spark joy and dismantle dominant narratives.

Radius with Julie Phelps and Marc Kate at McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco. Courtesy of CounterPulse. Photo: Robbie Sweeny.
Performance

Radius

A site-specific performance empowers dancers and electronic musicians to create an improvisational zone governed by collaboration and fluidity.

Jafar Panahi, The Mirror (still), Iran, 1997, 95 minutes, Farsi w/ English subtitles
Film/Video

The Mirror

Alison O'Daniel presents this meta-film marvel from Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi in conjunction with her guest curated Screening Room program Hearing Aids.

Linda and the Mockingbirds (still), Dir. James Keach, USA, 2020, 60 minutes, English, Spanish w/ English subtitles
Film/Video

Linda and the Mockingbirds

A road movie soaked in music, culture, and history featuring Linda Ronstadt and Los Cenzontles.

Builder Levy I am a Man/Union Justice Now, Memphis, Tennessee, 1968 Gold-toned gelatin silver print McEvoy Family Collection © Builder Levy. Courtesy of the artist and Arnika Dawkins Gallery, Atlanta.
Exhibition

When Living is a Protest

This exhibition of photography from the McEvoy Family Collection, on view within Lessons of the Hour, is organized chronologically from 1935 to 2015. This temporal

Design by MacFadden & Thorpe. Conly, C. F, and G. K Warren, photographer. Frederick Douglass / C.F. Conly Photographer, 465 Washington St., Boston., None. [Between 1884 and 1890, from negative taken in 1876]. Library of Congress, Liljenquist Family collection
Exhibition

Lessons of the Hour

An immersive, meditative portrait of Frederick Douglass by British filmmaker and installation artist Isaac Julien.

Lonnie Holley, Cyrus Moussavi I Snuck Off the Slave Ship (still), 2019 Digital Video Color, sound 20 min. Courtesy of the artists
Screening Room

New Labor Movements

Emerging and established filmmakers explore contemporary visions of America and concepts of transnational Blackness.