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Affinities, or The Weight of Cinema

January 6 - 14

The idea behind Affinities, or The Weight of Cinema derives from Goethe’s classic 1809 novel Elective Affinities. The project, playfully adapting Goethe’s artistic-scientific theory of attractions to the practice of exhibiting experimental cinema, is presented in person by filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson and writer Greg de Cuir Jr., who serve as cocurators. Eight programs of international works of film and video art are arranged along various thematic lines that correspond to their shared interests and concerns. Presentations — or “interventions” — by visiting artists take place between screenings. With thanks to Kevin Jerome Everson; Greg de Cuir Jr.; Jon Goff and Rhea Combs of the National Museum of African American History and Culture; Madeleine Molyneaux; and all the artists involved.

An additional program, An Affinity for Technique, will screen at the National Museum of African American History and Culture on January 11. The event at NMAAHC is also free, but registration is required.  

still from Sugar Coated Arsenic
Kevin Jerome Everson and Claudrena Harold, 2013
courtesy Kevin Jerome Everson, Trilobite-Arts DAC, and Picture Palace Pictures

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The National Gallery of Art’s film program provides many opportunities throughout the year to view classic and contemporary cinema from around the world.

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