or


[01/19/21 - 10:29 AM]
HBO's "Black Art: In the Absence of Light" Debuts February 9
The film is a testament to the indelible contributions of Black American artists in today's contemporary art world.

[via press release from HBO]

HBO's BLACK ART: IN THE ABSENCE OF LIGHT Debuts February 9

Inspired By The Late Artist And Curator David Driskell's Landmark Exhibition, "Two Centuries of Black American Art," The Film Features Several Celebrated Artists Working Today

Firmly rooted in the history of the Black American experience, BLACK ART: IN THE ABSENCE OF LIGHT, debuting TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9 (9:00-10:25 p.m. ET/PT), is directed and produced by award-winning documentarian Sam Pollard (HBO's "Atlanta Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children"). A vital and illuminating introduction to the work of some of the foremost African American visual artists working today, including Theaster Gates, Kerry James Marshall, Faith Ringgold, Amy Sherald and Carrie Mae Weems, the film is a testament to the indelible contributions of Black American artists in today's contemporary art world. BLACK ART: IN THE ABSENCE OF LIGHT is executive produced by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Thelma Golden serves as consulting producer. The film will be available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max.

At the heart of this feature documentary is the groundbreaking exhibition, entitled "Two Centuries of Black American Art," curated by the late African American artist and scholar David Driskell in 1976. This pioneering exhibition, held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, featured more than 200 works of art by 63 artists and cemented the essential contributions of Black artists in America in the 19th and 20th centuries. The exhibit would eventually travel to the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the Brooklyn Museum. The film shines a light on the extraordinary impact of that exhibit on generations of African American artists who have staked a claim on their rightful place within the 21st-century art world.

"David Driskell's monumental exhibit achieved two great things," commented Henry Louis Gates, Jr. "It simultaneously consolidated the history of the canon of African American artists, and it launched a revolution in Black representation as well. And it is David's genius, his double-contribution to the history of African American Art - recording its past in stunning detail and thereby contributing enormously to the astonishingly creative and productive cultural moment we are in - that we celebrate in this film."

With a rich and compelling score from composer Kathryn Bostic, the film profiles a range of deeply talented Black artists working in the art world today. Interweaving insights and context from scholars and historians including Spelman College's Mary Schmidt Campbell, Duke University's Richard Powell and Harvard's Sarah Lewis, along with the voices of a new generation of African American curators and collectors, the documentary is a vibrant look at the artists, their creative process and what fuels that creativity.

"It has been deeply inspiring to see the recent recognition of Black artists and art made by artists of African descent on a global scale," stated consulting producer Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem. "Much like the long lineage of artists who came before them, today's Black artists have worked to envision their place in the art world, and in the process, their place in a historically exclusionary canon - their indelible contributions to the fabric of American culture are a result of both their mastery and the very singular nature of their work. 'Black Art: In the Absence of Light' introduces an art history through the lens of Blackness, foregrounding the definitive importance of representation and its scholarship, and in so doing, inspiring generations to come."

"Working on 'Black Art: In the Absence of Light' was a wonderful opportunity to interact with some of the most talented African American artists of the 21st century," added director Sam Pollard. "Their work continues the long legacy and contribution of so many African American artists from the last century who were given their due in David Driskell's history-making exhibit. What a lasting and impactful experience for me as a filmmaker."

Featured artists:

· Radcliffe Bailey explores race and collective memory in mixed media works.

· Sanford Biggers reflects social and political narratives through a historical lens.

· Jordan Casteel chronicles the human experience through portraiture

· David Driskell (died 2020) was a painter, curator, and leading scholar of African American art.

· Theaster Gates contends with the value of Black space focusing on community, land development, sculpture, and performance.

· Lyle Ashton Harris examines the intersection of ethnicity, gender and desire in his photographic images.

· Glenn Ligon explores American history, literature, and society through text-based, conceptual works.

· Kerry James Marshall paints a Black aesthetic by depicting the African American experience.

· Richard Mayhew creates evocative and lush landscape paintings void of space and identity.

· Faith Ringgold captures the racial tensions of the civil rights era through paintings and politically expressive quilts.

· Betye Saar explores the intersection between African American identity and spirituality through an environmental, cultural and political lens.

· Amy Sherald uses portraiture to centrally place Black life in the story of American art.

· Hank Willis Thomas challenges viewers to consider the complicated nature of storytelling and the bias of history in his multimedia work.

· Kara Walker investigates race, gender, sexuality and violence in America through silhouetted figures and sculptures.

· Carrie Mae Weems investigates power through images that explore family dynamics, cultural identity, sexism, class and political systems.

· Kehinde Wiley paints Black and brown men as powerful heroes in the art historical tradition of European portraiture.

· Fred Wilson uses objects and cultural symbols to explore social and historical narratives in sculptures and installations.

BLACK ART: IN THE ABSENCE OF LIGHT is produced and directed by Sam Pollard; produced by Daphne McWilliams; cinematography, Henry Adebonojo; editing, Steven Wechsler; original music, Kathryn Bostic. Executive producers, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Jacqueline Glover; consulting producer, Thelma Golden. For HBO: executive producers Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller.





  [january 2021]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





[03/03/21 - 01:49 PM]
Seven Bucks Productions & FlynnPictureCo.'s "Teddy and the Guardians of the Night" Lands at Netflix
In the film, stuffed teddy bears from around the world secretly come to life in order to protect children everywhere from all the things that go bump in the night.

[03/03/21 - 01:06 PM]
A&E Network Greenlights Documentary Programming Events "Right to Offend: The Black Comedy Revolution" (wt) and "Secret Origins of Hip Hop" Featuring Busta Rhymes, Eve, Fat Joe, Grandmaster Flash, Ice-T and More
Across four hours, "Right to Offend" explores black comedy through a unique lens, tracing the evolution and social awakening of the courageous comedians who dared to push against the social constraints of their time and spoke truth to power.

[03/03/21 - 01:05 PM]
The History(R) Channel Greenlights "Fight the Power: The Protests That Changed America" from Executive Producers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Deborah Morales
This partnership marks the second collaboration between the network and Abdul-Jabbar, who received an Emmy nomination for outstanding narrator in "Black Patriots: Heroes of the Revolution."

[03/03/21 - 01:04 PM]
The History(R) Channel Announces Slate of Premium Historical Programming Extending Its Hit "That Built" Franchise Exploring the Fascinating History Behind America's Biggest Entrepreneurial Titans and Rivalries
The announcement comes off the heels of the successful premiere of season two of "The Food That Built America," which chronicles the origin stories behind the titans who fought their way to the top of the food chain and tells the fascinating history of the rivalries between some of food's most beloved brands.

[03/03/21 - 01:03 PM]
Lifetime Welcomes Reba McEntire to the Family with Two Picture Deal
The first of the projects will be "Christmas In Tune" (working title), which will be featured as a tentpole movie for the network's annual holiday slate, "It's a Wonderful Lifetime."

[03/03/21 - 01:02 PM]
Lifetime and A&E Greenlight the Cross-Network Documentary Event "Janet," Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Music Icon Janet Jackson's First Album
Producers Workerbee have been filming the incredible documentary for three years and have been granted exclusive access to archival footage and Janet's never before seen home videos, along with star-studded interviews.

[03/03/21 - 01:01 PM]
A+E Networks(R) First to Announce 2021 Upfront Slate, More Than 2500 Hours of New Programming, Including 70 Hours of Premium Docs, More Than 200 Movies
The company is touting more than 2500 hours of new programming in the pipeline for 2021/2022, including 70 hours of premium documentaries and 221 movies.

[03/03/21 - 12:17 PM]
IMDb TV Expands Its Lineup of Premium Original Content with New Spinoff Series of Fan Favorite Drama "Bosch"
Based on Michael Connelly's best-selling books, the new series will begin filming later this year with stars Titus Welliver, Mimi Rogers and Madison Lintz reprising their roles.

[03/03/21 - 12:00 PM]
Nickelodeon Sets the Stage for "Drama Club," An All-New Mockumentary-Style Comedy Series
From creators and executive producers Monica Sherer and Madeline Whitby, the series follows a group of middle schoolers as they shine a light on the inner workings of their school's overlooked drama club.

[03/03/21 - 11:01 AM]
Video: "Seaspiracy" - Official Trailer - Netflix
Passionate about ocean life, a filmmaker sets out to document the harm that humans do to marine species - and uncovers alarming global corruption.

[03/03/21 - 11:01 AM]
Video: All-New Promo for "The Moodys," Premiering Thursday, April 1 on FOX
The single-camera comedy series follows a tight-knit, but slightly dysfunctional, family through their misadventures.

[03/03/21 - 10:15 AM]
Billy Bob Thornton, Alfre Woodard and Rege-Jean Page Round Out Cast for "The Gray Man"
The Netflix film is based on the novel by Mark Greaney, first published in 2009 by Jove Books.

[03/03/21 - 10:07 AM]
All New Season of "Naked and Afraid" Launches March 7 on Discovery and discovery+
This season sees survivalists who would rather take on some of the world's most dangerous environments than stay "safer at home."

[03/03/21 - 10:01 AM]
Video: "Thunder Force" - Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer - Official Trailer - Netflix
Two childhood best friends reunite as an unlikely crime-fighting superhero duo when one invents a formula that gives ordinary people superpowers.

[03/03/21 - 10:01 AM]
"No Activity" Returns April 8 on Paramount+
As previously announced, the upcoming season will feature the fan favorite characters in animated form.