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William Greaves: Psychodrama, Interruption, and Circulation

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Princeton University

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The Program in Visual Arts presents a day-long symposium centered on the work of William Greaves, a key figure in American filmmaking.

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The Program in Visual Arts presents a day-long symposium centered on the work of William Greaves, a key figure in American filmmaking. Despite his historical and contemporary significance, under-representation has meant that few of his films are restored and available. This symposium shares Greaves' work with a new generation and gives access to some of his films that have rarely been screened. The events, organized by artists Fia Backström and Martine Syms, include a keynote address by scholar Jacqueline Stewart; panel discussion with contemporary artists and thinkers including Erin Christovale, Aria Dean, Malik Gaines, Naeem Mohaiemen, Alex Pittman, Sondra Perry, Jared Sexton, and Jacqueline Stewart; a screening of Greaves’s newly restored 1972 film: Nationtime—Gary; and an exhibition entitled “William Greaves — Sondra Perry — Martine Syms,” which includes works by Greaves and internationally renowned artists Martine Syms and Sondra Perry, both of whom are working in the vein of his legacy.

A publication will accompany the events with texts by Aria Dean, Devorah Heitner, and Jared Sexton, alongside a conversation with the organizers Backström and Syms.

The symposium events take place at multiple locations across the Princeton campus. The exhibition will be on display in the Hurley Gallery at the Lewis Arts complex, 122 Alexander St. The keynote address, panel discussions and film screening will be held in the James Stewart Film Theater at 185 Nassau St.

All symposium events are free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged.

View the full schedule of symposium events and information on the featured guest artists at arts.princeton.edu/william-greaves

View details on the screening event at arts.princeton.edu/greaves-nationtime

View details on the exhibition at arts.princeton.edu/greaves-perry-syms

Presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts and cosponsored by Princeton University’s Department of African American Studies, Department of Art and Archaeology, Program in Media + Modernity, and the John Sacret Young ’69 Lecture Series.

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