Uncle Tom's Cabin, 1903
International art star Glenn Ligon returns to Toronto in a follow up to his hugely successful Power Plant exhibition of 2005. In 1903 Edwin S. Porter directed a 14-minute silent film version of Uncle Tom’s Cabin adapted from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s popular 19thcentury novel. In his three channel video installation, The Death of Tom, Glenn Ligon focuses on the last scene of the film, depicting the death of Tom, the slave whose tragic story drives the narrative. The installation focuses on the mechanics of the (re)making of the original production, the failure of the project’s representation and a narrative that - like the larger historical narratives it refers to - remains unfinished business. Cinematography is contributed by renowned filmmaker Deco Dawson.
Curated by Wayne Baerwaldt, presented in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art MOCCA Project Room at 952 Queen Street West. September 6 through 28, from Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Opening reception on Thursday, September 11 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
2008 Screening Schedule