Howardena Pindell: On the Performance of Autobiography

Event Date: 
Thu Oct 7, 2021 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Event Location: 
Online via Zoom
Event Cost: 

Free-- registration required. 

Event Category: 
Webcasts & Online
Over the course of nearly six decades, groundbreaking multidisciplinary artist Howardena Pindell has radically expanded the medium of painting and transformed the language of abstraction. Join us for a special screening of Pindell's iconic video Free, White and 21, the first of only three videos in the artist’s body of work.

After the screening, Pindell will be in conversation with Naomi Beckwith, Deputy Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Valerie Cassel Oliver, Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and NPG curator Charlotte Ickes.


This program is part of Viewfinder: Women’s Film and Video from the Smithsonian, a monthly virtual film screening and conversation series sponsored by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her Story. This second half of the series showcases creative responses to the external forces that shape the way we move through and experience the world. Visit womenshistory.si.edu for more information about upcoming events in this screening series.


Image Credit: Still from Howardena Pindell, Free, White and 21, 1980. Single-channel video (color, sound), 12:15 min.Collection National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Garth Greenan. Courtesy of the artistand Garth GreenanGallery, New York.© Howardena Pindell.