Film + In Dialogue: An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

January 12, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Whitsell Auditorium

In Dialogue facilitated by ariella tai 

ariella tai is a video artist, film scholar, and independent programmer from Queens, New York. They are interested in the materiality of black performance and gesture as vernaculars which subvert, interrupt or defy the diegetic cohesiveness of narrative. They use appropriated media from film and television, analog video processing tools, film and installation to explore these interjections. They are one half of “the first and the last,” a fellowship, workshop and screening series supporting and celebrating the work of black women and femmes in film, video and new media art. They have shown work at PICA, the Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival, the Northwest Film Center, Boathouse Microcinema, Wa Na Wari, Anthology Film Archives, Smack Mellon and MOCA.

This In Dialogue series will facilitate discussions in relation to the Hank Willis Thomas film series. Immediately following the screenings, we will engage in group conversation that takes inspiration from the themes and topics raised within the selected films.

Presented in conjunction with Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal…, artist Hank Willis Thomas has selected a wide-ranging series of films that grapple with mass media, race, and representation in the contemporary United States. See all films in the series.

Space is limited. Registration required.

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The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.