Poster screening of film “I Am Not Your Negro”

Hartwick’s Yager Museum to Host Screening, Discussion of Baldwin Film

November 5, 2018

Hartwick College’s Yager Museum of Art & Culture will host a screening of the award-winning 2016 documentary “I Am Not Your Negro.” Directed by Raoul Peck, the film is based on “Remember This House,” an unfinished work by James Baldwin, the renowned African-American author, journalist, and activist. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, the film uses Baldwin’s words, writing, and actions to reflect upon issues of race, identity, and politics in America.

The film will be shown in the Yager Museum on Wednesday November 7 at 6 p.m. A discussion will follow, moderated by the Museum staff and Harry Bradshaw Matthews, the College’s associate dean and director of intercultural affairs.

Admission to both the screening and Museum is free and open to the public.

“This screening resonates with and compliments our new exhibit Black Lives at Hartwick Then and Now,” says Quentin Lewis, the Museum’s collections and programs manager. “In addition to being a literary and artistic giant of the 20th century, Baldwin was a keen observer of the complex relationships between history, power, culture, and art. Here at the Museum, we work to create spaces of contemplation around these same issues, both for the Hartwick community and our regional and national visitors.”

Black Lives at Hartwick Then and Now is an exploration of the history of African Americans and African-American Life at Hartwick Seminary and Hartwick College from the 19th century to the present. The exhibition features photos and documents from the College’s Paul F. Cooper Jr., Archives and artifacts from the Museum collections.

Other exhibitions on view include:

  • Of Time and the River: 12,000 Years in the Upper Susquehanna Region, which features many Native American artifacts collected by the Museum’s founder, Willard Yager.
  • Contested Identities: Images of Native Americans, 1880-1930, draws on compelling photographs from the Museum’s Falconer Collection to illustrate the struggles of Native Americans in retaining their cultural identity in the face of government efforts to assimilate them into general American culture.
  • Masterpieces of European and American Art: Hartwick College’s Art Treasure Room, a permanent exhibition of works ranging from the Italian Renaissance to 20th century pieces by Rockwell Kent and Childe Hassam.
  • Along the Rails: Willard Yager, Native American Art and 20th Century Tourism is a student-curated exhibition that examines the Museum founder’s journey to the American Southwest, the cultures he encountered there, and the artifacts he brought back to Oneonta.
  • In a Modern Vein: Contemporary Art from the Yager Museum Collection highlights the Museum’s modern art collections, featuring works by Rauschenberg, Calder, Warhol, and more.

The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. when the College is in session. The Museum is closed Sundays, Mondays, and College holidays.

The Yager is the Oneonta area’s only museum of art and culture. Admission is free and parking is available near the entrance on the first floor of Yager Hall. To reach the Museum, take West Street to Clinton Street and turn right onto Cayuga Drive. Follow Cayuga Drive to Yager Hall. Parking is available adjacent to the Museum entrance.

For more information on The Yager Museum and its exhibitions, visit its website or Facebook page, call 607-431-4480, or e-mail Museum Coordinator Doug Kendall at