FRIDAY, DEC. 07, 2018
05:30 P.M. - 07:30 P.M.
MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN, 2 COLUMBUS CIRCLE, NEW YORK CITY
5:30 pm Welcome Reception
6:00 pm Sneak Preview of Driving While Black
Driving While Black explores the role of the automobile in the lives of African Americans in the early twentieth century. Based on over a decade of research by acclaimed historian Gretchen Sorin, the documentary draws on archival material from the period along with riveting oral histories and the on-camera insights of scholars, writers, musicians, artists, religious leaders and ordinary American travelers. The film will be structured by the emergence, flourishing and eventual obsolescence of a new genre of travel literature aimed at facilitating black automobile travel during the period; including The Negro Motorist Green Book – “the bible of black travel during Jim Crow.”
Directed by Ric Burns and produced by Steeplechase Films in association with the State University of New York at Oneonta’s Cooperstown Graduate Program, Driving While Black will be broadcast nationally on PBS in the fall of 2019. Production of the documentary is supported in part by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
6:30 pm Panel Discussion
Speakers: Ric Burns (documentary filmmaker and writer, Steeplechase Films), Gretchen Sullivan Sorin, (distinguished professor and director, Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies at the State University of New York College at Oneonta), and Dexter Wimberly (independent curator and Art World Conference founder and CEO); Moderator: Lee Bynum (Mellon Foundation senior program associate and associate director of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program).