Next Friday, January 22, six extraordinary films that visually speak to the themes presented in Claudia Rankine’s award winning book, “Citizen : An American Lyric” will be on exhibit inside The Carr Center Gallery, 15 E. Kirby St, Detroit.

Ms. Rankine’s work is a composite of poetry, essay and visual art that boldly indicts America’s racial hypocrisy and sheds light on the tenuous relationships that exist between black American’s and this county.

Six films will stream on 2 screens, in rotation, at the gallery from Noon – 5 pm, Wednesday through Saturday until February 5th

  • “Black America Again”, by Bradford Young, the actual music video for renowned musician Common’s 11th studio album by the same name
  • “For Paradise”, by Elizabeth Webb, a hybrid documentary that traces the construction of racial identities within a family.
  • “Diasporadical Trilogia”, by Blitz the Ambassador, a series of three short films reflecting the musical and visual narrative of the global African experience.
  • “Charcoal”, by Francesca Andre, the parallel stories of two black women and their lifelong journey to overcome internalized colorism.
  • “Auntie”, by Lisa Harewood, a story exploring conflicts of kinship, matriarchy and family.
  • “Black Panther” a.k.a. “Off the Pig”, produced by Third World Newsreel, a compelling document of the Black Panther Party leadership in 1967

This film series is co-presented and curated by Michelle Materre, founder of Creatively Speaking and Carr Center Resident Artist in Media, Juanita Anderson.

Timed tickets will be issued to control traffic flow in the gallery in observance of our COVID-19 protocols. Reservations are needed to enter the gallery. Mask wearing is required when visiting the gallery. For more on Carr Center health and safety protocols when visiting the gallery go to our website