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Opening Reception for “A Subtle Likeness”

September 3, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC-7

“A Subtle Likeness” explores notions of biomythography and non-traditional archiving through performance, photography, collage, video, and sound installation. Inspired by Cheryl Dunye’s seminal film “The Watermelon Woman” and held in conjunction with the twentieth anniversary of the film’s release, the exhibition looks to collectively merge personal histories and recontextualized narratives to hold space for a queer, Black radical tradition. “A Subtle Likeness” features work by four contemporary artists—Ayanah Moor, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Anna Martine Whitehead, and Kandis Williams—whose diverse artistic practices resonate with the film’s themes.

Find more information on this exhibition here: http://one.usc.edu/a-subtle-likeness/

Also on view at ONE Archives concurrently with this exhibition: “Memoirs of a Watermelon Woman”

“Memoirs of a Watermelon Woman” celebrates the legacy of queer filmmaker Cheryl Dunye and the twentieth anniversary of her seminal film “The Watermelon Woman.” One of the key directors of the New Queer Cinema of the 1990s, Dunye came to prominence in 1996 when “The Watermelon Woman” had its world premiere in the Panorama Section of the Berlin International Film Festival, winning the festival’s prestigious Teddy Award. The film is widely considered the first feature directed by a Black lesbian.

“Memoirs of a Watermelon Woman” presents an archive of production ephemera from the making of the film including a full script, original audition tapes, a rough cut of the film, published interviews with the director, and a collection of cast and crew photographs. It also includes a photo series taken at the 1996 Berlin International Film Festival by photographer and producer Michael Light with an accompanying artist book, and a selection of test prints for the Fae Richards Photo Archive by artist and photographer Zoe Leonard, who was an integral part of the original production.

Find more information on this exhibition here: http://one.usc.edu/memoirs-of-a-watermelon-woman/

Both “A Subtle Likeness” and “Memoirs of a Watermelon Woman” are curated by Erin Christovale. Support is provided by the ONE Archives Foundation.


September 3, 2016
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
909 W Adams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90007 United States