In Connection with Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick
MOCA MOVIE NIGHT Porgy and Bess (1993)
Join us for an evening of inspiring film as we present monthly screenings connecting to the themes and ideas of our current exhibitions. The featured film at our July MOCA Movie Night is Porgy and Bess, an adaptation of the 1935 opera by George and Ira Gershwin, based on the novel and play by DuBose Heyward that depicts the lives of the Black inhabitants of the fictional Catfish Row in 1920s South Carolina.
While observing rehearsals for a 2011 performance of the play, Kara Walker made sketches “to understand the music and to allow myself to get caught up in the fantasy of theater.” Later, she created sixteen original lithographs to illustrate a 2013 publication of the libretto by Arion Press, along with four companion lithographs not included in the book.