Harris will explore identity and representation with a particular focus on how African Americans have used the camera in the fight for civil rights. The talk is both personal as well as historical in scope—covering twenty-five years of film/video/photo work mining family and extended family archives to explore issues around identity, the body, spirituality, and representation.
Thomas Allen Harris is a filmmaker and cultural warrior, whose documentary films, installations, and experimental videos have been featured on television, at festivals, museums, and galleries. Projects include multimedia installations at Gwangju Biennial in Korea, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, New Langton Arts in San Francisco and the Long Beach Museum of Art. A recent recipient of the United States Artist Award, Harris has received awards, grants and fellowships from such institutions as the Sundance Institute, the Ford Foundation, the NEA, and the Paul Robeson Fund. Harris is presently a visiting professor at Sarah Lawrence College.
Excerpts of Harris's 2014 documentary film Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People will be shown earlier in the day at 12:30pm in the Gallery 400 Lecture Room, with the filmmaker in attendance for a Q&A session. More»