Whole Grain: Experiments in Film & Video — Divine Horsemen: the Living Gods of Haiti

Film still from Maya Deren’s Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti, 1977.

Join us on Saturday, November 11, at 4:00 pm, for a screening of pioneering filmmaker Maya Deren’s Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti, an experimental documentary about dance and possession in Haitian Vodou. Shot between 1947 and 1952, and edited and completed after Deren’s death, the film consists primarily of images of dancing and bodies in motion during rituals in various Rada and Petro services. Deren’s film was based on her book of the same name, which served as inspiration to artist Willie Cole’s To get to the other side, currently on display in the Tang’s exhibtion Other Side: Art, Object, Self. This event is part of Whole Grain, our new experimental film and video series.

Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti (Maya Deren, 1977, 54 min, 16mm)

About Whole Grain

The Tang Teaching Museum’s new series Whole Grain explores classic and contemporary work in experimental film and video. Our series of six programs this fall features programs highlighting found-footage pioneer Bruce Conner (October 7), contemporary digital animation (October 26November 28), short films in the Cubist film tradition (November 4), Maya Deren’s experimental documentary on Haitian Vodou (November 11), a feature-length exploration of the animated .gif (November 16), and the campy world of brothers George and Mike Kuchar (December 2).

Whole Grain is programmed by Museum Store and Publications Manager Sean Fuller and Educator for College and Public Programs Tom Yoshikami. All events are free and open to the public.

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