When We Gather; Film Screening and Q+A
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Image courtesy of the artist and Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco. Photos by Tommy Oliver
Join us for a public screening of When We Gather (2021), a five-minute film that celebrates the women who have played an elemental role in the progress of the United States and offers a call to create a path forward for the leaders of the future. Following the film, listen to a special conversation and Q+A session with María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Wendi Norris, hosted by Natasha Becker, as we learn more about the making of the film and continue to explore the themes of healing, creativity, and unity.
Conceived by renowned artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons, in collaboration with LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs and Okwui Okpokwasili, the artists choreographed circular movements and gestures from diverse traditions evoking storms, spirals, and ancestral energy. The soundscape incorporates both lyrics and a poem written by Diggs for the project. When We Gather was originally inspired by the election of the country’s first female vice president and performed during a pandemic by seven artists in separate studios and outdoor spaces in Brooklyn, Houston, Boston, and Nashville then woven together by the film director Codie Elaine Oliver [Black Love, OWN]. The film project was produced over an eight week period by San Francisco based gallerist, Wendi Norris.
This event is part of Virtual Wednesdays, a weekly YouTube broadcast bringing you unique viewpoints exploring diversity, resilience, and creative spirit in the arts as we aim to reframe our exhibitions and collections. View upcoming Virtual Wednesdays programs.
About the Speakers
María Magdalena Campos-Pons (b. 1959, La Vega, Cuba) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Nashville, TN. Campos-Pons has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Peabody Essex Museum, and the National Gallery of Canada, among other institutions. She has participated in the Venice Biennale (twice), the Dakar Biennale, the Johannesburg Biennial, Documenta 14, the Guangzhou Triennial, three editions of the Havana Biennial, and the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA and Prospect.4 Triennials.
Wendi Norris started Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco in 2011 after co-owning a gallery and working for a decade in Fortune 500 and start-up technology companies. Her gallery represents critically acclaimed artists and artist estates, working to ensure that they are included in international museum and private collections, top-tier exhibitions, and publications around the world. In 2017, Norris announced a new targeted, mobile business model and has since staged critically acclaimed offsite exhibitions in New York, Guadalajara, Miami, and San Francisco.
Natasha Becker was born and raised in South Africa and has focused on presenting the work of African artists, African American artists, and artists of the African diaspora. Working in both Cape Town and New York City over the past decade, she has organized numerous exhibitions and international initiatives as an independent curator. Prior to joining the Museums, she served as curator-in-residence at Faction Art Projects in Harlem. Becker is also cofounder of two collaborative curatorial platforms: Assembly Room in New York City and the Underline Show in Johannesburg.
No registration required. Free online event.