Aug. 3



Cinema in the Museum

The past two decades have witnessed the rise of cinema in the museum, yet there are many challenges to presenting work in this setting. Why are filmmakers so often relegated to screening programs? What are the long-term repercussions of this? Are there new strategies to move us forward? The artists, programmers and curators assembled in this panel will discuss the history of the moving image in the art institution, what it means for filmmakers working in a range of exhibition and online distribution platforms today and how film may allow us to think beyond the collector’s perspective as a form which can transcend physicality.

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Garrett Bradley


GARRETT BRADLEY works in a variety of platforms most of which explore socio-economic injustice, human conflict, historical reflection, place-based adventure, and the beauty that is plainly in view. A grantee of the 2019 Creative Capital Fellowship and 2017 Sundance Art of Nonfiction Fellowship and Field of Vision Fellowship, Bradley has been honored with grant support from Art Matters, The Ford Foundation and The Warhol Foundation. She has received numerous prizes – including the 2017 Sundance Jury Prize for the short film Alone, released in February of 2017 with The New York Times OpDocs. Alone was an Oscar Contender for short nonfiction filmmaking and was included in Academy Shortlist. Her work and feature-length projects have exhibited internationally at museums, festivals and platforms including The Whitney Museum of American Art, The New Orleans Museum of Art, The Getty Museum, The Sundance Film Festival, The TribeCa Film Festival, The US Embassy Tel Aviv, The New York Times OpDocs, Field of Vision and more. Bradley works in episodic tv and served as second-unit director on Ava Duvernay’s WHEN THEY SEE US. She is the co-founder of Creative Council, an artist lead after-school program aimed at developing strong college portfolios and applications for students attending public high schools in New Orleans. Creative Council is supported by The New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC). Bradley lives and works in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Rhea Combs

Curator of Film and Photography, Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

Rhea L. Combs is Curator of Film and Photography at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. She also serves as the head of the museum’s Earl W. and Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts (CAAMA). Prior to joining the museum, Combs taught visual culture, film, race and gender courses at Chicago State University, Lewis & Clark College and Emory University. Additionally, Combs has independently and successfully curated film exhibitions nationally and internationally for the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City, the National Black Programming Consortium, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, to name a few. She also worked as the assistant curator for the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art in Atlanta and as a pubic programs educator at the Chicago Historical Society (now Chicago Historical Museum). Combs received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University, a Master of Arts degree from Cornell University, and a Doctorate from Emory University. Her writings have been featured in anthologies, academic journals and exhibition catalogues on range of topics including African American female filmmakers, black popular culture, visual aesthetics, filmmaking and photography. Combs’ current exhibitions and projects, respectively, at the National Museum of African American History and Culture include the museum’s inaugural photography show, Everyday Beauty: Selections from the Photography and Film Collection, Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College, Through the African American Lens: Selections from the Permanent Collection of NMAAHC, the photography books series, Double Exposure, which includes Through the African American Lens: A Survey of NMAAHC’s photography collection, Civil Rights and the Struggle for Equality, African American Women, Picturing Children, and Fighting for Freedom (forthcoming, April 2017).

Maori Karmael Holmes

Founder and Artistic Director, BlackStar

Maori is founder and artistic director of BlackStar. This spring, she served as a film curator for the Whitney Biennial. She is currently a guest organizer for film programs related to Meg Onli’s Colored People Time at Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia). She has organized programs in film at Anthology Film Archives, ICA, Lightbox Film Center, Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), and The Underground Museum. Maori is a contributor to Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good, edited by adrienne maree brown, and How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance, edited by Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin. Previous professional positions include Director of Public Engagement at the ICA and Associate Director at the Leeway Foundation.

Cauleen Smith

Interdisciplinary Artist

Cauleen Smith is an interdisciplinary artist whose work reflects upon the everyday possibilities of the imagination. Operating in multiple materials and arenas, Smith roots her work firmly within the discourse of mid-twentieth-century experimental film. Drawing from structuralism, third world cinema, and science fiction, she makes things that deploy the tactics of activism in service of ecstatic social space and contemplation. She lives in Los Angeles and is Art Program faculty at California Institute of the Arts. She holds a BA in Creative Arts from San Francisco State University and MFA, University of California, Los Angeles School of Theater Film and Television. Smith is the recipient of the following awards: Rockefeller Media Arts Award, Creative Capital Film /Video, Independent Spirit Someone to Watch Award, Chicago 3Arts Grant, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Chicago Expo Artadia Award, and Rauschenberg Residency, Herb Alpert Awards in the Arts in Film and Video 2016, United States Artists Award 2017, and was the 2016 inaugural recipient of the Ellsworth Kelly Award.


Erin Christovale

Associate Curator, Hammer Museum

Erin Christovale is the co-founder of Black Radical Imagination and the Associate Curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles