Screening: Tongues Untied

Lecture | November 25 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Darieck B. Scott; Leila Weefur; Ken Light

 Arts + Design

Presented by the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice, African American Studies, and the Graduate School of Journalism

Darieck B. Scott, Associate Professor, African American Studies
Leila Weefur, Artist, Writer, Curator; Teacher, Art Practice
Ken Light, Reva and David Logan Professor of Journalism

Marlon Riggs (1957-1994) was a graduate of and professor at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism who employed the medium of video to engage critically with African American (and American) culture, representation, and identity. In conjunction with BAMPFA’s retrospective of Riggs’s works, and as its culminating event, this evening features a screening of his best known work, Tongues Untied, a riveting combination of interviews, performance, stock footage, autobiography, poetry, and dance that elucidates the revolutionary potential of black men loving black men. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Darieck B. Scott, Ken Light, and Leila Weefur on the impact and legacy of Riggs’s oeuvre.

Darieck B. Scott is an associate professor of African American studies at UC Berkeley; his most recent book is Extravagant Abjection: Blackness, Power, and Sexuality in the African American Literary Imagination.

Leila Weefur (She/They/He) is an artist, writer, and curator, teaching in UC Berkeley's Department of Art Practice.

Ken Light, the Reva and David Logan Professor and curator of the Center for Photography at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, is a documentary photographer focusing on social issues.

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Arts + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA is organized and sponsored by UC Berkeley’s Arts + Design Initiative. In-kind support is provided by BAMPFA.

The series is co-curated by the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice; American Indian Graduate Program; Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium; Berkeley Center for New Media; and Graduate School of Journalism, and by the City of Richmond.

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