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Culture Talk: Director Sam Pollard on His New HBO Documentary 'Black Art: In the Absence of Light'

Culture Talk: Director Sam Pollard on His New HBO Documentary ‘Black Art: In the Absence of Light’

Trailer for “Black Art: In the Absence of Light.” | Video by HBO   THE OPENING SCENE OF Sam Pollard‘s documentary “Black Art: In the Absence of Light” is half-century-old footage of NBC’s Tom Brokaw talking with David C. Driskell (1931-2020) on the Today Show. The interview is about Driskell’s seminal exhibition “Two Centuries of...
With Drawn Arms: Documentary Explores Life of Olympic Medalist Tommie Smith, Contemporary Influence of Historic Protest

With Drawn Arms: Documentary Explores Life of Olympic Medalist Tommie Smith, Contemporary Influence of Historic Protest

  AN UNLIKELY COLLABORATION has produced artworks, exhibitions, and a new documentary distilling the life, legacy, and broader meaning and implications of a single political act by track and field champion Tommie Smith. In 1968, Smith won the Olympic gold medal in the 200 meter sprint and when he raised a black-gloved fist on the...
Kindred Spirits: Documentary Explores Life and Work of Washington, D.C., Artists Hilda Wilkinson Brown and Lilian Thomas Burwell

Kindred Spirits: Documentary Explores Life and Work of Washington, D.C., Artists Hilda Wilkinson Brown and Lilian Thomas Burwell

  “THIRD AND RHODE ISLAND” depicts a residential block in Washington, D.C. The painting captures a row of red brick homes, a white wood porch, concrete walkways, and leafless trees. The circa 1930-40 work by Hilda Wilkinson Brown (1894-1981) is in the collection of the American Art Museum in Washington. Another artist, Lilian Thomas Burwell,...