Purchase College-SUNY will be hosting Arthur Jafa and Manohla Dargis: A Screening and Conversation. The program will take place on Sunday February 28, 2016, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard in Harlem, NY.
The event is part of the Durst Distinguished Lecture Series, which connects the Purchase College community to the world’s most esteemed critics and authors. New York Times film critic Manohla Durst is this year’s Durst Distinguished Professor of Literature and is participating in a series of events for students and the community.
“We are delighted to present filmmaker Arthur Jafa, who will screen a recent film and then engage in conversation with Manohla Dargis about his distinguished, boundary-crossing work and the history and future of black film in the U.S.,” says Louise Yelin, Purchase College professor of literature. “We are especially happy to be hosting this program at the Schomburg Center, which is the site of so much important work by and about black artists, writers, and intellectuals.”
Arthur Jafa is a cinematographer and filmmaker who moves fluidly between the avant-garde and the mainstream. His work explores the linkages among art, identity, race, representation, and the moving image and transcends easy classification. Jafa has directed music videos; served as the director of photography for Spike Lee’s Crookyln and Julie Dash’s landmark film Daughters of the Dust; and had his work exhibited in cinematheques and galleries. In 2014, Jafa, Elissa Blount-Moorhead and Malick Sayeed created the film studio TNEG to create black movies.
The event at the Schomburg Center—which is free and open to the public—includes a screening of Jafa’s experimental documentary Dreams Are Colder Than Death (2014), a film, originally made for German television on the anniversary of the March on Washington. The screening will be followed by a conversation between Jafa and Manohla Dargis and Q&A with the audience. Purchase College will be providing a bus from campus for students who want to attend.