BCH's monthly film series resumes in April with featured artist Ulysses Jenkins. His films are presented every Thursday evening and will culminate with an appearance by Jenkins himself on the final Thursday of the month to discuss his work. Each Thursday will feature a different array of short films playing on a loop. If you arrive in the middle, it won't be long before they restart.
Ulysses Jenkins is a widely recognized video/performance artist whose work spans the last three decades. From his early verite work with the Video Venice Collective in the 1970s, through his current investigation of the media's portrayal of African American men, Jenkins has consistently interrogated questions of race, history and the power of the state. In works that explore issues such as the African diaspora and racism in the media, Jenkins provides important insights into the political and cultural realities of African American communities in the United States.
This week's films:
Two Zone Transfer (1979, 23:52)
“A dream-scape in which the dreamer awakens to a visitation of three minstrels who tell the story of the development of African American stereotypes in the American entertainment industry. This video begs for the comparison of leadership in Black Community i.e. either the Church Preacher or the Pop Entertainer.” Featuring performances by Jenkins and Kerry Marshall. Awarded the NEA Entry Fellow Award 1980.
Without Your Interpretation (1983, 13:53)
This video introduces Jenkins' use of the music video format and performance art choreography from the Rudy Perez workshop. This is a critical examination of mid-80's American culture and global issues through musical performance by the band Life in the Park with Debris. With the collaboration of Studio Z and Othervisions Studio performance artist.
This composition was recently collected into the Whitney Museum Archive Collection.