Memoirs of a Watermelon Woman, An Archive of Production Ephemera at the ONE Archives

Please note that this exhibition is installed around the second story mezzanine and is only accessible via stairs.

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007

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Opening reception: Saturday, September 3, 2016, 6-9pm

Related exhibition: A Subtle Likeness, also on view at ONE Archives

Memoirs of a Watermelon Woman celebrates the legacy of queer filmmaker Cheryl Dunye and the twentieth anniversary of her seminal film The Watermelon Woman. One of the key directors of the New Queer Cinema of the 1990s, Dunye came to prominence in 1996 when The Watermelon Woman had its world premiere in the Panorama Section of the Berlin International Film Festival, winning the festival’s prestigious Teddy Award. The film is widely considered the first feature directed by a Black lesbian.

Memoirs of a Watermelon Woman presents an archive of production ephemera from the making of the film including a full script, original audition tapes, a rough cut of the film, published interviews with the director, and a collection of cast and crew photographs. It also includes a photo series taken at the 1996 Berlin International Film Festival by photographer and producer Michael Light with an accompanying artist book, and a selection of test prints for the Fae Richards Photo Archive by artist and photographer Zoe Leonard, who was an integral part of the original production.

Memoirs of a Watermelon Woman is accompanied by the exhibition A Subtle Likeness, also on view at ONE Archives, presenting work by four contemporary artists whose artistic practices resonate with the themes of The Watermelon Woman.

To learn more, please click here.

Memoirs of a Watermelon Woman is curated by Erin Christovale. Support is provided by the ONE Archives Foundation.
Image: (Top) Cheryl Dunye in a publicity image related to the The Watermelon Woman, c. 1996. Courtesy of Cheryl Dunye

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