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Laurel Nakadate: On Tragedy and the Everyday
Laurel Nakadate is an American artist who works in video and photography to address questions of gender, sexuality, power, and vulnerability. “Greater New York” (5:10 min., 2005), which Nakadate filmed on and shortly after September 11, features the artist engaged in a variety of activities throughout New York City: dancing with a Walkman, speaking to a dead bird, conversing with an older man, and—in a recurring, haunting image—staring into a column of smoke left by the collapsed Twin Towers. Dressed in a Girl Scout uniform and raising a hand in salute, she alludes to Dorothea Lange’s photograph of Japanese American schoolchildren in the moments before they were incarcerated in internment camps during World War II. Nakadate’s work is in the collections of major institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Guggenheim Museum. Hirshhorn Associate Curator Marina Isgro and Lily Siegel, executive director of Hamiltonian Artists and curator of an upcoming exhibition of Nakadate’s work at Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art, will join Nakadate in a conversation about this and other works.

This program is part of ”Viewfinder: Women’s Film and Video from the Smithsonian,” a monthly virtual film screening and conversation series sponsored by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her Story. This second half of the series showcases creative responses to the external forces that shape the way we move through and experience the world. Visit WomensHistory.si.edu for more information about upcoming events in this screening series.

Sep 2, 2021 05:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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