Ethnic Notions

Film - Feature | November 1 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Inspired by and named for a 1982 exhibition of racist memorabilia at the Berkeley Art Center, the Emmy Award–winning Ethnic Notions “became one of Riggs’s most important works because of its direct approach to an unpopular but important subject: cultural racism and its psychological impact on the development of race and race relations in America,” curator Rhea Combs writes. “Riggs’s thorough and detailed analysis of the origins of racial images through an examination of material culture was disturbing yet extremely informative for a mass audience unfamiliar with how racial stereotypes have deeply influenced the formation of identities.”

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