THEATRICAL PREMIERE OF THE FILM

BLACK ART: IN THE ABSENCE OF LIGHT

INTRODUCING SOME OF TODAY’S

FOREMOST BLACK VISUAL ARTISTS

TWO SCREENINGS, FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 6 PM and 8PM

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Co-Presented by Hamptons Doc Fest,

the program includes a recorded talk with film director Sam Pollard

and Senior Curator Corinne Erni

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On Friday, April 9, at 6pm and 8pm, the Parrish Art Museum will present two screenings in the theatrical premiere of HBO’s newly released film, Black Art: In the Absence of Light (Documentary, 2021, 85 minutes), an illuminating introduction to the work of some of the foremost Black visual artists working today. Directed by Sam Pollard, the film is inspired by the late David Driskell’s landmark 1976 exhibition, Two Centuries of Black American Art that first opened at LACMA.

Co-presented with Hamptons Doc Fest, the screenings will be followed by a pre-recorded conversation between the director Sam Pollard and Senior Curator Corinne Erni. To maintain socially distanced seating in the Lichtenstein Theater, the Museum will present two limited capacity screenings. Advance ticket purchase with pre-event registration is required; tickets are $20 general admission, $10 for Parrish Members; free for students.

“It is an honor that the Parrish will be the first venue to host in-person screenings of Sam Pollard’s imperative film, which speaks of the relentless work and struggle of Black artists to be recognized in both the historical and present day art canon, and the key players who support them—from the Studio Museum in Harlem to Michelle and Barack Obama’s portrait commissions by Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley, to Theaster Gates’s investment in his own community through the Rebuild Foundation—and so many more,” said Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects.

Black Art: In the Absence of Light focuses on the extraordinary impact of Driskell’s exhibition featuring generations of Black artists who have staked a claim on their rightful place within the 21st century art world. The documentary explores contributions of Black American artists to the contemporary art world by interweaving insights and context from scholars and historians. In addition, it presents interviews from a new generation of working African American curators and artists including Kerry James Marshall, Faith Ringgold, Amy Sherald, Carrie Mae Weems, and Theaster Gates, whose work Monument in Waiting is currently on view in the Museum’s outdoor sculpture installation, Field of Dreams

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Black Art: In the Absence of Light 

Documentary, 2021, 85 minutes

Sam Pollard: producer/director; Daphne McWilliams: producer; Henry Adebonojo, cinematography; Steven Wechsler, editing; Kathryn Bostic, original music. Executive producers: Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Jacqueline Glover; consulting producer, Thelma Golden.

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Friday Nights are made possible, in part, by Presenting Sponsor:

Additional support provided by Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder. 

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Parrish Art Museum

Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world. 

www.parrishart.org

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Parrish Art Museum construction photographs © Jeff Heatley.

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