Exhibitions: The Black List Project: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and Elvis Mitchell

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (American, b. 1952). Serena Williams, 2008. Epson inkjet photograph. Collection of the artist, courtesy of Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery.
© Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

November 21, 2008–March 29, 2009

This exhibition of twenty-five portraits by internationally renowned photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders is a documentary project that explores being Black in America. Sanders also directed a series of filmed interviews conducted by noted film critic Elvis Mitchell that will be presented along with the photographs. Serena Williams, Chris Rock, Colin Powell, Toni Morrison, Russell Simmons, Al Sharpton, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Sean Combs are among the many African Americans whose faces are seen and voices heard in The Black List Project. The images, photographic and filmed, are the core of the collaboration between Greenfield-Sanders and Mitchell that has resulted in The Black List: Volume One, an HBO documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008 and was aired nationally for the first time in August 2008, and a multi-city museum exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The entire film will be presented at various times, to be announced, throughout the run of the exhibition.

The Black List: Volume One aired on HBO in August and is now being rebroadcast on Friday, November 21, at 5 p.m. EST; Sunday, November 23, at 10 a.m. EST; and on HBO2 and on HBO On Demand for two weeks, November 17 through December 1.

The Black List Project: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and Elvis Mitchell
has been organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
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Exhibition Highlights

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders: Bill T. Jones Timothy Greenfield-Sanders: Toni Morrison Timothy Greenfield-Sanders: Chris Rock Timothy Greenfield-Sanders: Lorna Simpson

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Exhibition Catalogue

The Black List Project Exhibition Catalogue