May 24, 2017, 6 p.m.
Lecture: African American Dress and the Will to Adorn
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
701 21st St. NW, Washington, D.C.
$10/museum members and GW students, faculty, and staff; $15/public
As part of the exhibition Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair, Folklife curator Diana N’Diaye will introduce a spectrum of African American style as an expression of community and individual identity. The Will To Adorn, a featured program at the 2013 Folklife Festival, continues as a youth-access research and presentation project in collaboration with Smithsonian Affliate museums across the country, the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, and Mind-Builders Creative Arts, Inc.
July 1, 2017, noon
The Circus: Two Portraits
National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium
150 Fourth Street NW, Washington, D.C.
Federico Fellini’s lifelong engagement with itinerant performers is embodied in I Clowns (1970), the director’s intensely visual essay that, in the words of historian Sam Rohdie, “memorializes a childhood of clowns and the enchantment of clowns, including their terror—the film is their requiem and their return to life.”
The verité documentary Constellations (Luigi Cuomo, 2015) follows a group of contemporary Italian performers as they go about a daily life of rigorous rehearsals, meals, animals, and camaraderie—a view of a diverse community coming together for an ancient, unique, and compelling purpose. Presented in association with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.