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Film Programs
Mothering Over Time

May 12 at 4:00
East Building Auditorium

An exploration of the institution and vagaries of motherhood, a selection of historic and recent short films by mothers (about mothering) and by children (about their mothers), all of which encompass universal themes of care, gender, authority, community, and identity. Included are the iconic video Martina’s Playhouse (Peggy Ahwesh, 1989, 20 minutes), “a response to Pee Wee’s Playhouse, focus[ing] on the girl child, grappling with the fluidity of gender roles as she role-plays with her toys” (Ahwesh), and the classic film Portrait of Ga (Margaret Tait,1952, 5 minutes), filmed on the Orkney Islands, Scotland. Other titles include more recent works such as Zombie Diaries (Corin Sworn, 2017, 13 minutes), Mum’s Cards (Luke Fowler, 2018, 9 minutes), Mom’s Move (Susan Mogul, 2018, 20 minutes), and Queen (Kathryn Elkin, 2019, 13 minutes) among other titles. (Total running time approximately 90 minutes)

still from Portrait of Ga by Margaret Tait
courtesy LUX, London

Film Programs

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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