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Deep Dive: Race and the Music Video

Race and the Music Video

Date: Sat, Jul 20, 10 am to 1 pm | Ruth Sokolof

In recent years, artists have taken to the music video to create their own visual manifestos of sorts, anchoring their political lyrics with strong imagery. This class will briefly trace the history of the music video from its inception as a televisual form to its current life on the web. Then we will turn to a few iconic music videos to discuss how artists like Childish Gambino, Jay-Z, Janet Jackson, and Beyoncé blend art and commerce to create engaging musical “films” that break almost all the rules of filmmaking while simultaneously sparking crucial conversations about identity, class, and activism.


$30 General
$25 Student/Teacher/Senior/Military
$20 Film Streams Members