Cinema Remixed and Reloaded

Black Women and the Moving Image Since 1970

Andrea Barnwell Brownlee and Valerie Cassel Oliver

  • paperback not available
  • $45.00s hardcover (9780295988641) Add to Cart
  • Published: 2008
  • Subject Listing: Film Studies, Contemporary Art, African American Studies, Women's Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 196 pp., 82 color illus., 10 x 10 in.
  • Distributed for: Contemporary Art Museum Houston and Spelman College Museum of Fine Art
  • Contents

Cinema Remixed and Reloaded is a daring, bold, innovative look at black women artists and video art. This historical survey examines an intriguing and unbounded scope of work, including experimental film, projections, and installations. Creative projects by established artists who became interested in time-based media several decades ago, such as Camille Billops, Barbara McCullough, Howardena Pindell, and Adrian Piper, are presented alongside such midcareer artists as Berni Searle, Lorna Simpson, Kara Walker, and Carrie Mae Weems, who continually garner international acclaim. Works by emerging artists, including Elizabeth Axtman, Debra Edgerton, Lauren Kelley, Jessica Ann Peavy, Pamela Sunstrum, and Lauren Woods, are also featured. While exploring personal experiences and dissecting popular visual culture, the artists in Cinema Remixed and Reloaded provide relevant views on several important topics - memory, loss, alienation, racial politics, gender inequities, empowerment, and the pursuit of power.
Andrea Barnwell Brownlee is director of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta. Valerie Cassel Oliver is curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Other contributors include Isolde Brielmaier, Rhea Combs, Romi Crawford, Makeba Dixon-Hill, Merrill Falkenberg, Leslie King-Hammond, Lowery Stokes Sims, and Anne Collins Smith.
President's Foreword / Beverly Daniel Tatum

Director's Foreword / Linda Shearer

Preface and Acknowledgments / Andrea Barnwell Brownlee and Valerie Cassel Oliver

Reflections on Art as a Verb: Twenty Years Later, in the New Millennium, Interview with Maren Hassinger, Senga Nengudi, and Howardena Pindell / Leslie King-Hammond and Lowery Stokes Sims

Power to the People: Video's Legacy as a Medium for Social Change / Merrill Falkenberg

Amateurism and Auteurism: Contrary Instincts in Black Women's Experimental Film Forms / Romi Crawford

Between Artifice and Authenticity: The Black Female Body in Performance / Valerie Cassel Oliver

The Skin I'm In: Black Women, Color, and Video Art / Andrea Barnwell Brownlee

Transformer: Video Installation, Space, and the Art of Immersion / Isolde Brielmaier

Interview with Camille Billops / Rhea L. Combs

Race, Representation and the Moving Image / Valerie Cassel Oliver


Exhibition Checklist

Art, History and Culture: Select Chronology of Black Women and the Moving Image

Artists' Biographies

Select Bibliography

Select Filmography



"By defining how black women create and interrogate video art, Cinema Remixed and Reloaded contributes a critique of visual art and analyzes aesthetics of black women's art . . . [and] establishes as it challenges ideals about authority and aesthetic norms."
-Black Camera