Due to unforeseen circumstances and expected inclement weather, the Watchhouse concert originally scheduled for Saturday, October 1, has been rescheduled to Friday, October 28. Tickets for the original date can be used for the rescheduled date; just present your ticket at the new event. For additional assistance, or to request a refund, contact help@ncartmuseum.org during gallery hours, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Learn more on the event page.

Please note: West Building is now closed through October 7, 2022, to complete an exciting reinstallation of the People’s Collection. During this time enjoy free exhibitions on view in East Building, indoor and outdoor events and programming, and the 164-acre Museum Park. We’re excited to welcome visitors back to a new Museum experience starting October 8, 2022. Learn more about the opening weekend celebration.

NCMA Film Club: Through a Lens Darkly

If you enjoy watching and talking about films, join us for a virtual meeting of the NCMA Film Club! May’s selection is Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People, the first documentary to explore the role that photography has played from the 19th century to the present in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans.

Our guest moderator for the discussion is Maya Brooks, Mellon Foundation assistant curator. The director, Thomas Allen Harris, will join us at 7:30 pm to answer questions about the film.

Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (2014). Directed by Thomas Allen Harris. 92 min. NR

Inspired by Deborah Willis’s book Reflections in Black, this documentary features works by Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks, and many others. Through a Lens Darkly introduces the viewer to a community of storytellers who collectively transform singular experiences into a journey of discovery–and a call to action.

About the director

Interdisciplinary artist and scholar Thomas Allen Harris is the creator and host of the PBS series Family Pictures USA–which has garnered critical acclaim and attracted an audience of over 5.3 million viewers. Since 1990 Harris has remixed archives from multiple origins throughout his work, challenging the hierarchy within historical narratives. Read his full bio here.

How it works

The link to watch the film will be included in the registration confirmation email along with the Zoom link to join the discussion. You will also be sent a reminder email with the Zoom meeting info one hour before the event begins.

If you do not receive a confirmation email or for additional questions on the content of this program, email Maria Lopez.

We are working to make our online content accessible. If you need live captions or an ASL interpreter or have another request, email Felicia Ingram.

Screener, synopsis, and image courtesy of Thomas Allen Harris/Chimpanzee Productions
Photo credit: Lyle Ashton Harris and Thomas Allen Harris


May 21, 2021


7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Free; registration required
For More Information:
(919) 715-5923
Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm
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