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Description: Vintage will screen as part of a new series coinciding with the reopening of the Museum of Modern Art. The series, Currents: Re-Viewing Cineprobe, 1968-2002  will run October 24-November 20 and is made up of 25 programs representing upwards of 60 filmmakers and artists. Vintage: Families of Value will run with Alan Berliner’s The Family Album as a program thinking about personal cinema & home movies as a significant area Cineprobe engaged over its three decades.

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Digital Diaspora Family Reunion in Brazil

Thomas Allen Harris will keynote the upcoming Plural Knowledge: Value of the Public University seminar at the University of Brasilia. He will lead a multi-day Digital Diaspora Family Reunion with students, staff, and the community around their family photos culminating in an interactive exhibition around Afro- Brazilian identity.

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Black Portraiture[s] V: Memory and the Archive Past. Present. Future.

Thomas Allen Harris holds a microphone standing in front of a screen

Re-imagining an Inclusive Family Album
Speaker: Thomas Allen Harris
This presentation will discuss the evolution of the artist’s work with the Family Photo Album as a central trope as well as a tool for community storytelling over the past 25+ years. The talk will examine the interplay between family narratives and cultural shifts within the interweaving of disparate family archives within his films and most recently in the new PBS series, FAMILY PICTURES USA. This talk will discuss the possibilities of new narratives emerging from reconstructing the family photographic album.
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Studio Portrait of James. H Williams in Black and White Wearing a Suit

Chief of the Red Caps: James H. Williams and The Making Of A Harlem Community Hero

By Eric K. Washington James H. Williams, Otto Sarony Studio, ca. 1905. Courtesy Charles Ford Williams Family Archives “At the Grand Central station is a colored man who probably knows more people than any other Negro in New York,” a front page lede in the New York Age read in 1923. “He is Chief James H. Williams, head of the […]

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Mother, Bethel, Harlem, USA

An Interactive Celebration of Harlem Thomas Allen Harris with his work titled A Family Album at the Harlem Stage, on view at Mother, Bethel, Harlem, USA. Photo by Natalie Conn Mother, Bethel, Harlem, USA, a multimedia exhibition produced from an innovative in-gallery summer course led by artist and filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris in the Hunter East Harlem […]

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AMC 2018 ad "Transforminf the Family album into a tool for Social change"

Transforming the Family Album at Detroit’s 2018 AMC

Every year, thousands of media-makers, organizers, and agents for social change converge in Detroit for the Allied Media Conference (AMC): a 4-day, volunteer-coordinated conference that hosts hundreds of sessions focused on using media to build a more equitable, sustainable, and collaborative world. These sessions are far-reaching and innovative in their interpretation of media, ranging from food justice […]

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From Durham to Oakland

Stories of Community Participants on stage at Black Communities: A Conference for Collaboration in Durham, NC “I am a person driven by an individual’s story and the stories of community. I use it in my own work by always reminding myself that we all have our own stories that have shaped us.” – DDFR participant […]

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Asian American Voices of the South

“The Family Pictures kickoff activity was a fab ice breaker and I saw my fellow table mates and the people in the room with compassion, love, and humanity that we are all in this together.” Anonymous participant Thomas Allen Harris on Stage at Beyond Borders: Diverse Voices of the American South In February, I was invited […]

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Re-Imagining the Family Album at Hunter College!

Below are student testimonies from Thomas’ two-day seminar, Re-Imagining the Family Album , at Hunter College’s Integrated Media Arts Program for the Masters in Fine Arts students. As I looked at the photos and interviewed my parents over my computer, I found myself trying to connect our experiences of this time of life, our midtwenties, and […]

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