The Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University

America + Live Conversation with Garrett Bradley

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On Thursday, May 27 at 6:30pm, Block Cinema and the School of Communication at Northwestern will host a live screening of America, followed by a conversation between Garrett Bradley and Prof. Huey Copeland (BFC Presidential Associate Professor of Art History, University of Pennsylvania), with Q&A.


Leading up to the release of her celebrated 2020 documentary Time, director Garrett Bradley honed her poetic voice and keen eye for detail in a series of remarkable shorts. In conjunction with her residency as 2021’s Hoffman Visiting Artist for Documentary Media, the Block presents three of these films, showcasing her versatility as a journalistic observer and an experimental film artist. America (2019, 30 min) is a sweeping cinematic reenvisioning of early 20th-century Black life, as it might have been depicted in an alternate film history free of racist violence and erasure. Though formally and thematically disparate, these three films reveal Bradley’s unmistakeable gifts for insight, evocation, and compassion.

Garrett Bradley is the School of Communication’s 2021 Hoffman Visiting Artist for Documentary Media, a short-term filmmaker residency funded by a generous gift from Jane Steiner Hoffman and Michael Hoffman.