OCTOBER 11 - 17, 2019


Garrett Bradley’s America: A Journey Through Race and Time

With her revelatory new short film America, Garrett Bradley does nothing less than construct a joyous alternative history of African-American representation on screen. For this week-long special presentation, we present Bradley’s stunning vision in seven different programs, each offering a unique prism through which to consider the history—and future—of the construction of Blackness in American cinema. We’re delighted to also present a retrospective of pre-America work by Bradley, one of the most intriguing and versatile filmmakers active today. Special thanks to Field of Vision.


7:30PM: America + Lime Kiln Club Field Day
Live musical accompaniment by Jimmy Cobb and Darrian Douglas
Post-screening panel discussion with Garrett Bradley and Saidiya Hartman

7:00PM: America + Four Women + Illusions
Post-screening panel discussion with Garrett Bradley and Julie Dash

2:00PM: America + Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Post-screening panel discussion with Garrett Bradley and RaMell Ross

7:00PM: America + Stormy Weather

2:00PM: America + The Race Film
+ Intro by Ina Archer (Media Conservation & Digitization Assistant, Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History & Culture)

7:00PM: BAM & Black Portraiture[s]: Responding to Garrett Bradley’s America
Post-screening panel discussion with Racquel Gates, Michael B. Gillespie & Nicole R. Fleetwood

7:00PM: Garrett Bradley Shorts Program
8:45PM: Below Dreams (feature)
Post-screening Q+A with Garrett Bradley


OCTOBER 19, 2019

THE BROAD @ ARRAY (Los Angeles, CA)

Shirin Neshat + Garrett Bradley 

The Broad and filmmaker Ava DuVernay’s nonprofit film collective ARRAY, brings together Iranian-born artist Shirin Neshat and New Orleans-based filmmaker Garrett Bradley (whose films are featured in this year’s Whitney Biennial) at the new ARRAY campus in Historic Filipinotown. The event will begin with screenings of excerpts from Neshat’s new work, Land of Dreams, and Bradley’s short film, America, followed by a conversation with the artists on the themes of movements and migration across time and land, which are explored in their work.


DECEMBER 19, 2019 - MARCH 22, 2020


Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is pleased to present Garrett Bradley: American Rhapsody, the first solo museum presentation of the work of New Orleans-based artist and filmmaker Garrett Bradley (b. 1986, New York, New York). On view in CAMH’s Brown Foundation Gallery from December 19, 2019–March 22, 2020, the exhibition will feature a selection of new and recent single and multi-channel films and videos by the artist.

Related Events

Opening Reception | Garrett Bradley: American Rhapsody, Wednesday, December 18, 2019 | 6:30–9PM

In Conversation | Garrett Bradley and Rebecca Matalon, Thursday, December 19, 2019 | 6:30–7:30PM

Talk | Huey Copeland and Rebecca Matalon in Conversation, Thursday, February 6, 2019 | 6:30–7:30PM


MAY 17 - SEPTEMBER 22, 2019


Often described as a snapshot of art in the United States, the Biennial brings together work by individuals and collectives in a broad array of mediums. Over the past year and a half—an undeniably intense and polarized time in this country—we made hundreds of studio visits. While we often encountered heightened emotions, they were directed toward thoughtful and productive experimentation, the re-envisioning of self and society, and political and aesthetic strategies for survival. Although much of the work presented here is steeped in sociopolitical concerns, the cumulative effect is open-ended and hopeful.

Key issues and approaches emerge across the exhibition: the mining of history as a means to reimagine the present or future; a profound consideration of race, gender, and equity; and explorations of the vulnerability of the body. Concerns for community appear in the content and social engagement of the work and also in the ways that the artists navigate the world. Many of the artists included emphasize the physicality of their materials, whether in sculptures assembled out of found objects, heavily worked paintings, or painstakingly detailed drawings. An emphasis on the artist’s hand suggests a rejection of the digital and the related slick, packaged presentation of the self in favor of more individualized and idiosyncratic work.

While we were organizing this exhibition, broader debates in the public sphere surfaced at the Museum, which itself became the site and subject of protest, as it has been throughout its history. Fundamental to the Whitney’s identity is its openness to dialogue, and the conversations that have occurred here and across the country became a productive lens through which to synthesize our own looking, thinking, and self-questioning. 

The 2019 Whitney Biennial is organized by Jane Panetta and Rujeko Hockley, with Ramsay Kolber. The film program is organized by Maori Karmael Holmes, Sky Hopinka, and Matt Wolf.

The performance program is organized by Jane Panetta, Rujeko Hockley, and Greta Hartenstein.


JUNE 28 - OCTOBER 13, 2019


Bodies of Knowledge brings together ten international contemporary artists to reflect on the role that language plays in archiving and asserting our cultural identities. Working with materials that range from books and silent film to ink, ashes and musical scores, artists Manon Bellet, Wafaa Bilal, Garrett Bradley, Adriana Corral, Mahmoud Chouki, Zhang Huan, William Kentridge, Shirin Neshat, Edward Spots and Wilmer Wilson IV propose language as a living and ever-evolving document that can counter more staid and static ways of representing our collective pasts. Organized around a series of immersive installation and film projects, Bodies of Knowledge asks us to consider how we might write more inclusive narratives, reshape public space, and account for bodies and histories that have, in large measure, been written out of them. Bringing a new global perspective to current conversations in New Orleans surrounding cultural preservation and historical memory, Bodies of Knowledge draws together artists working with many different systems of knowledge to illustrate how history can be erased, rewritten and asserted anew.

Bodies of Knowledge is curated by Katie Kpfohl and organized by the New Orleans Museum of Art and sponsored by Pia and Malcolm Ehrhardt, Drs. Joy and Howard Osofsky, Margo and Clancy DuBos, Carol and Byron Crawford, Kenya and Quentin Messer, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.