Friday, July 10, 2009

'Black List' Exhibit, Films At Wadsworth Atheneum

It used to be a negative thing to be on a blacklist, excluded from the mainstream for whatever reason.But photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and interviewer Elvis Mitchell upgraded the status right around the time Barack Obama was elevating African Americans with his bid for the nation's highest office.As prominent African Americans from several walks of life sat for portraits by Greenfield-Sanders, Mitchell asked questions for a pair of HBO documentaries, "The Black List Volume One, " which ran three months before the election, and this year's "The Black List Volume Two," which ran the month after the historic inauguration.
Both films show free on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Hartford's Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art's Aetna Theater, with Greenfield-Sanders on hand for a post film discussion.The screening comes in conjunction with the new exhibit at the museum's Amistad Center for Art & Culture, "The Black List — Photographs from Volume Two," opening Saturday.

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