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Special Events: Winter 2018
Jem Cohen: Portraits of People and Place

January 20 at 2:00
East Building Auditorium
Jem Cohen in person

Working in the tradition of street photographers and observational filmmakers such as Helen Levitt, Walker Evans, and Humphrey Jennings, Jem Cohen is internationally renowned for his sensitive film portraits. The National Gallery of Art welcomes him back to discuss some of his most recent work, in conjunction with the installation of his 2009 film Anne Truitt, Working (part of the exhibition In the Tower: Anne Truitt). The program features the 2016 titles On Essex Road, filmed in London; Bury Me Not, filmed in Brooklyn; Birth of a Nation, his most recent work (2017) shot on the streets of Washington DC during the weekend of the recent inauguration; the short silent portrait Peter Hutton; and the longer format World Without End (No Reported Incidents), a commissioned portrayal of Southend-on-Sea, a small British town along the Thames estuary. “What I discovered is that the estuary and its insistent tides brought in not only nature and history, but prizewinning Indian curries, an encyclopedic universe of hats, and a nearly lost world of proto-punk music” — Jem Cohen. (Total running time 80 minutes)

Please note: Benjamin Smoke, codirected by Cohen, screens on March 3 at 2:00, part of the film series “Avant-Garde to Underground: Outliers and Film.”

image from World Without End (No Reported Incidents)
courtesy Grasshopper Film

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