Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Garrett Bradley: American Rhapsody

Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 – Sunday, Mar. 22, 2020


Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is pleased to present Garrett Bradley: American Rhapsody, the first solo museum presentation of the work of New Orleans-based artist and filmmaker Garrett Bradley (b. 1986, New York, New York). On view in CAMH’s Brown Foundation Gallery from December 19, 2019–March 22, 2020, the exhibition will feature a selection of new and recent single and multi-channel films and videos by the artist.

Garrett Bradley works across narrative, documentary, and experimental modes of filmmaking to address themes such as race, class, familial relationships, social justice, southern culture, and the history of film in the United States. Her collaborative and research-based approach to filmmaking is often inspired by the real-life stories of her subjects. For Bradley, this research takes multiple forms—deep dives into historical archives, in-depth dialogues prompted by Craigslist want-ads, or an extended engagement with the communities and individuals she seeks to represent—and results in works that combine both scripted and improvisatory scenes. Bradley’s films explore the space between fact and fiction, embracing modes of working and of representing history that blur the boundaries between traditional notions of narrative and documentary cinema. Her rigorous explorations of the social, economic, and racial politics of everyday life—its joys, pleasures, and pains—are lyrically and intimately rendered on screen. An attention to daily life and its often slow, unremarkable unfolding runs through Bradley’s films, from her earliest works, such as Dante 9-5 (2014), in which we follow a United States Postal Service delivery man along his designated route, to her most recent films, America and AKA (both 2019).


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