Back and Song

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Back and Song

October 5, 2019 - October 27, 2019

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Saturdays and Sundays, 12– 6 PM
Girard College

Back and Song is a meditative four-channel film and art installation by filmmakers Elissa Blount Moorhead and Bradford Young, produced by Philadelphia Contemporary and Thomas Jefferson University. This kaleidoscopic installation reflects on the complex and profound connections between health, wellness, and the black experience in America. Working with archivists from around the world, Moorhead and Young have synthesized photographs of quotidian black family life and new footage into a time-based archive of expression.

Back and Song will be presented at Girard College, originally chartered in 1833 as a school for “white, male orphans” and later a pivotal site in the movement to legally desegregate all Philadelphia schools. Filling its central auditorium with sound and moving image, Back and Song will transform the Chapel at Girard College into a space of rejuvenation.

Opening Reception
October 4, 2019
7–9 PM
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Artist Talk
October 25, 2019
6–8 PM
Thomas Jefferson University, Center City Campus

Elissa Blount Moorhead and Bradford Young in conversation with Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens.


Girard College
2101 South College Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19121 United States
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