“The power of Dawoud Bey’s work comes from the marriage of his extraordinary formal skill as a photographer with his deeply held belief in the political power of representation.” ― Corey Keller, SFMOMA curator of photography
Presented in dialogue with Dawoud Bey: An American Project (on view at SFMOMA February 15–May 25), Always Moving presents historical and contemporary moving image works created during the period 1967–2019. Engaging traditions as diverse as ‘60s New York underground filmmaking and ‘70s leftist political manifestos, portraiture, street photography, and stag films, these films frame experiences of public and community life, family history, and political struggle within the contexts of African-American photographic traditions and countercultural expression. The works consider the intimate lives of strangers, friends, and family, and reframe representations of joy and love, struggle and resilience, and the simple pleasures found in the everyday. Co-curated by SFMOMA and San Francisco Cinematheque.
Remembrance: A Portrait Study (1967) by Edward Owens
Hour Glass (1971) by Haile Gerima
The Orchid (1972) by Samuel R. Delany
Medea (1973) by Ben Caldwell
Memory Palace (2015) by Martine Syms
SCREEN TEST (2016) by Mickalene Thomas
Goddess (2018) by Kevin Jerome Everson
After DeCarava (2018) by Paige Taul
Garden (2017) by Alima Lee
Films and schedules may be subject to change.