The NYU Center for the Humanities in partnership with Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and The Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture presents, Narratives of the Diaspora, an opt-in interactive experience featuring a screening of Billy Gerard Frank’s Second Eulogy: Mind the Gap , which debuted at Venice Biennale 2019, representing the island of Grenada — and a discussion with Frank, Seph Rodney of Hyperallergic and Lyle Ashton Harris of NYU Steinhardt.
About the film:
Second Eulogy: Mind the Gap spurns personal tales of loss, longings, memories, and the phantasmagoria by interweaving fiction and non-fiction to conjure an abstract story of interconnected lives. The central tale narrates the lives of Nelson, a fisherman and father; his gay son James who is coming of age in a verdantly charged landscape; Antoinette, Nelson’s wife who embodies the island’s colonial past and Mother Country; and their maid, Josephine.
How to watch: You have the watch option of watching the film at your own pace by utilizing this link OR join the Center for the Humanities for an interactive viewing on April 14th at 5:15 pm directly before the live discussion.
After you watch the film, join us for a lively discussion on April 14th at 6:00 pm featuring:
Billy Gerard Frank, Filmmaker
Born in Grenada, Frank is a multi-disciplinary artist, and autodidact living in New York who works at the intersection of art, filmmaking, design, and activism. Frank's practices mine personal, political, and social histories and challenge dominant and normative discourses around them. His research-based work addresses issues of migration, race, and global politics, relating to gender, minority status, and post-colonial subjects.
Seph Rodney, Senior Editor at Hyperallergic
Seph Rodney, PhD is a senior editor and writer for Hyperallergic, writing on visual art and related issues. He has also written for CNN Op-ed pages, American Craft Magazine and NBC Universal, and penned catalog essays for Joyce J. Scott, Teresita Fernandez, and Meleko Mokgosi. He can be heard on the podcast “The American Age”. His book, The Personalization of the Museum Visit, was published by Routledge in May of 2019.
Lyle Ashton Harris, Professor at NYU Steinhardt
Harris is an artist and Associate Professor of Art at NYU. His work explores intersections between the personal and the political, examining the impact of ethnicity, gender, and desire on the contemporary social and cultural dynamic. His work is included in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and has been exhibited internationally as well as in the Venice Biennale, the Bienal de São Paulo, and most recently at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, presented on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Cinéma du Réel.