18.4.14

When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South


Benny Andrews
Rudy Shepard
James "Son" Thomas
Marie "Big Mama" Roseman (Detail)
Bessie Harvey

Video Still, Quartered, 2014, Geo Wyeth
Video Still, Quartered, 2014, Geo Wyeth

A couple weeks ago Fisk and I headed out to the Studio Museum in Harlem so I could finish watching Geo Wyeth's video Quartered that we had started in our Object Lessons class at the BHQFU.  This half hour long documentary/performance married a variety of different tropes in a very provocative way.  The video featured moments of sincerity, fear, apprehension, strangeness, and humor.  Through the history of an old relative who lived in the South, Wyeth addresses his identity as a mixed raced transgender person and shows us that story telling can be emotive and magical.  Highly recommended. 

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