Memoirs of a Watermelon Woman & A Subtle Likeness

Memoirs of a Watermelon Woman & A Subtle Likeness

Courtesy of the artist Paul Magi Sepuya's Figure with Poppies, after R.B.N. (2604), 2015


Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 22 2016

Location Info:

The ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
909 W. Adams Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90007
In 1996, Cheryl Dunye made a film called The Watermelon Woman. In it, she plays a black lesbian video store worker who's trying to make her own movie about a 1930s film star, a glamorous black woman who's often typecast and is also a lesbian. Thankfully, Dunye’s movie — radical in its content and very 90s in its vibe — is experiencing a comeback. Ephemera related to the film, including fantastic collection of photos, currently fills the balcony of the One Archive. Downstairs, in the archive’s small gallery, curator Erin Christovale has installed a show called "A Subtle Likeness," meant to resonate with themes in Dunye’s film. One of the highlights is Ayanah Moor’s video I need love, in which the artist stares at the camera, reciting LL Cool J lyrics: “When I'm alone in my room sometimes I stare at the wall, And in the back of my mind I hear my conscience call.”


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