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The Foreigner’s Home preceded by Over

Sun Jan 19, 4pm
Presented by: Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
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In the short Over, a quiet London neighborhood is the site of what is presumably a crime scene. As events unfold in reverse order through a sequence of nine wide shots, tension suffuses the film — and an unforeseen reality becomes clear. (Jörn Threlfall, 2015, 14 minutes)

When writer Toni Morrison was invited to curate an exhibition at the Louvre in Paris in 2006, she created The Foreigner’s Home — a reflective and interpretive exhibition and set of conversations with international artists about objects in the museum’s renowned collections. The film combines exclusive and unreleased footage of the Nobel Laureate in dialogue with artists — including filmmaker Charles Burnett and musician Kendrick Lamar, among many others — with extensive archival footage, music, and still images to present a series of candid and incisive exchanges about race, identity, “foreignness,” and the power of art. (Rian Brown and Geoff Pingree, 2018, 57 minutes)

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