African musical group cancels U.S. tour, Museum performance
January 29, 2003
The Anchorage Museum of History and Art regretfully announces that Night of the Griots: Music and Culture of The Gambia, a program previously announced for Feb. 28, March 1 and 2, has been cancelled. The Gambia musical group, The Griot, featuring Jaliba Kuyateh, was forced to cancel their U.S. tour due to difficulties with their visa. They have not announced plans to reschedule their tour at this time.
Other Black History Month activities
The Museum will celebrate Black History Month with a documentary film festival honoring African-Americans in the Arts on Saturday, Feb. 15. Beginning at 10:30 a.m. and running for the entire day, the films are included with Museum admission (free for museum members and kids 17 and under, $6.50 for adults, $6 for seniors). Contact Aaron Micallef, director of education and public programs, at (907) 343-6187 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Following is a schedule of films:
10:30 a.m. Paul Robeson: Here I Stand
Presenting the life of actor/singer, athlete, scholar, and champion of the disenfranchised, the film chronicles the controversial career of Paul Robeson. From the American Masters public television series. (117 min.)
1 p.m. Against All Odds: The Artists of the Harlem Renaissance
Telling the story of how African-American artists triumphed over formidable odds, Against All Odds focuses on the Harlem Renaissance. Viewers are exposed to 130 rarely seen paintings, prints, photographs, and sculptures, in addition to beguiling archival footage. A snapshot of the 1920s and '30s, the film exudes the vibrancy found in Harlem, New York City at that time. The film is based upon the acclaimed Newark Museum exhibition of the same name. (60 min.)
2:30 p.m. Half-Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks
"In my youth, violence became my enemy -Photography, writing, music and film are the weapons I use against it." So said Gordon Parks about his career and life. Groundbreaking in his use of social commentary in his photographs, he may be best known today as the man who started a cinematic revolution with his film Shaft. The documentary is a candid and revealing portrait of a true American treasure. (90 min.)
4:30 p.m. Profile of a Writer: Toni Morrison
Noble Prize-winning author Toni Morrison is one of the best known contemporary novelists in the United States. This hard-hitting film uses her best-selling book Beloved as a tool to discuss difficult topics such as slavery and racism in the United States and their long-standing impacts on our society. (55 min.)
For more information, call 343-6187.