If you live in the New York City area, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA, 11 West 53rd Street) is currently hosting a film series called “Black Intimacy” that explores the way black familial, platonic and romantic love and relationships have been depicted on screen. This series is a treat particularly because black love in all its facets and complexities is either not portrayed at all or is minimized in mainstream TV and film.
Indie black film classics like Spike Lee’s Crooklyn (1994), and Straight Out of Brooklyn (1991) and The Inkwell (1994), both directed by Matty Rich, have already been screened. However, remaining highlights for the series, which runs through Monday, October 16, include:
- A double feature of Cheryl Dunye’s The Watermelon Woman (1996) and the critically acclaimed “Thanksgiving” episode of Masters of None with a Q&A from Emmy-award-winning writer Lena Waithe on Tuesday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m.
- Night Catches Us (2010), directed by Tanya Hamilton and starring Anthony Mackey and Kerry Washington on Thursday, October 12 at 4:30 p.m.
- Claudine (1974), directed by John Berry and starring Diahann Carroll and James Earl Jones on Saturday, October 14 at 6:30 p.m.
- Killer of Sheep (1977), directed by Charles Burnett on Sunday, October 15 at 6:30 p.m.
The complete schedule is available here.
MoMa members can reserve free tickets and for non-members tickets range from $8 – $12.