Erie by Kevin Jerome Everson


“[Everson] has carved a place for himself outside both the typical expectations of documentary and the conventions of representational fiction.” –Artforum

West Coast premiere

Erie consists of single-take, 16mm black-and-white sequences filmed in and around communities near Lake Erie, including Niagara Falls, Buffalo, Cleveland and Mansfield, Ohio. The scenes relate to African American migration from the South to the North, contemporary conditions, realities affecting workers and factories in the automobile industry, theater, and famous art objects. “With a sense of place and historical research, my films combine scripted and documentary elements with rich elements of formalism. The subject matter is the gestures or tasks dictated by the socio-economic, physical, or weather conditions affecting the lives of working class African Americans and others of African descent.” Everson is an internationally acclaimed photographer and filmmaker and has made four feature-length and 70 short films. His work has screened at the Centre Pompidou, The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Whitechapel Gallery, and at other museums and festivals throughout the world.

In person: Kevin Jerome Everson

Curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud.

Advanced Curators' Notes


Funded in part with generous support from Wendy Keys and Donald Pels.

Associated Images: 

MON 10/4
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff