The Watermelon Woman + Jewel's Catch One

ARRAY @ The Broad: The Watermelon Woman + Jewel's Catch One

Saturday, Apr 28, 2018
2:00 p.m.
Silver Screen Theater at Pacific Design Center
Tickets $30


Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Limited tickets will be available onsite the day of the event.

Merging fictional and non-fictional worlds reflective of the LGBTQ experience, The Broad and ARRAY, founded by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, presents a double feature screening of the cult classic The Watermelon Woman (1996), directed by and starring Cheryl Dunye, and the electric documentary Jewel's Catch One (2016), by female filmmaker C. Fitz. A conversation moderated by Dear White People creator Justin Simien and reception with Dunye and Fitz immediately follow The Watermelon Woman screening. 

The Watermelon Woman is an imaginative romantic comedy about a young woman who meets the girl of her dreams while making a film about an obscure Black actress from the 1930s. Jewel's Catch One explores the legacy of America’s oldest Black-owned disco club as well as the life of businesswoman and activist, Jewel Thais-Williams, who provided safe spaces for LGBTQ, Black and AIDS-impacted communities in Los Angeles for four decades. Both films are unrated and run 90 minutes each. 

Tickets to this program include general admission access to The Broad from April 29 - May 5, 2018. Skip the standby line and present your ticket at the main entrance during regular museum hours. 

About ARRAY @ The Broad

Barbara Kruger’s Untitled (Your body is a battleground), 1989, is a stark emblem for feminist art practice—if the body is our battleground, it is through language that we fight. Inspired by Kruger's work and by similarly discursive artworks in the Broad collection, The Tip of Her Tongue program series features feminist artists in performance who work with language and embodiment. The artists in this series have intense stories to tell and experiment aggressively with the telling. The artists work with words to explore how the body's relationship to language is mediated by histories large and small. The body may both anchor and disrupt the story. It is a source of desire, grief, shame and laughter. These intimate performances explore the politics of representation—with how gender is produced in, through and as language; and how the stories we tell circulate around, move through, against and with the body.

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