Combahee Experimental: Black Women’s Experimental Filmmaking — Filmmaking in Troubled Times

The Program in Visual Arts presents a series of conversations and film screenings that celebrate the work of Black women filmmakers and their unique cinematic contributions to contemporary visual culture. Co-curated by award-winning multi-media artist Simone Leigh and Black feminist theorist of visual culture and contemporary art Tina Campt, the series extends a collaboration begun with the 2018 Loophole of Retreat conference convened at the Guggenheim Museum as a commitment to using public programming platforms to highlight the creative, artistic, and intellectual labor of Black women.

Filmmakers Julie Dash and Barbara McCullough, pioneering artists whose early work created in the context of this movement has until recently been overlooked and undervalued, join in conversation with Angela Davis and series co-curator, Simone Leigh. The discussion will be followed by a screening of a selection of early works from the women of the LA Rebellion movement.


  • Dash, Illusions (1982)
  • McCullough, Water Ritual #1: An Urban Rite of Purification (1979)
  • Camille Billops and James Hatch, Suzanne, Suzanne (1982) 
  • Zeinabu irene Davis, Cycles (1989)


The series is presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts and Princeton University’s Department of Art and Archaeology with additional support through the John Sacret Young ’69 Lecture Series fund.



October 7, 2020


6:00 p.m.


Online via Zoom Webinar