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Spotlight on Garrett Bradley, filmmaker and artist

Garrett Bradley’s heterodoxical stories blend fact and fiction in a way that seems both timely and timeless. Blending art, portraiture, and insightful documentary filmmaking, she has created a small but mighty body of work that contains intimate glimpses of powerful folks who contain multitudes. Her award-winning TIME and current show at MOMA both look to the past to tell the future and are only the beginning of her radical, new vision for what comes next.

Garrett Bradley was born and raised in New York City. She works across narrative, documentary, and experimental modes of filmmaking to address themes such as race, class, familial relationships, social justice, Southern culture, and the history of film in the United States.

In January of 2020, Bradley became the first Black woman to win the Best Director Award in the US Documentary Competition for her feature-length documentary Time.  Bradley’s first solo museum exhibition, American Rhapsody, was curated by Rebecca Matalon at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. She has participated in two group shows, the 2019 Whitney Biennial, curated by Jane Panetta and Rujeko Hockley, and Bodies of Knowledge at the New Orleans Museum of Art, curated by Katie Pfohl. Her first New York solo exhibition, Projects: Garrett Bradley curated by Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem, is on view through March 15, 2021, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Projects is presented as a part of a multiyear partnership between the Museum of Modern Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem and features a multichannel video installation of her film America (2019).

Presented by Rajendra Roy

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.