“Coal Miner’s Granddaughter” by Cecilia Dougherty – Blaffer Art Museum

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“Coal Miner’s Granddaughter” by Cecilia Dougherty

November 6, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm



In conjunction with the international group exhibition Time / Image, on view Sept. 26-Dec. 12 at Blaffer Art Museum, please join us at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 6 for a special screening of Cecilia Dougherty‘s film Coal Miner’s Granddaughter (1991). Read Cecilia Dougherty’s Houston Press interview here.


Shot primarily in Fisher-Price PixelVision for the “murky look of memory,” Coal Miner’s Granddaughter is a profoundly moving family portrait focusing on the youngest daughter, Jane, as she leaves her Pennsylvania home and finds sexual independence in San Francisco. This semi-autobiographical narrative is remarkable for Dougherty’s unconventional approach: working with non-professional, plain-looking actors and improvised dialogue to recreate the life of the “average” family, and women who are “Plain Janes with big desires.”

About Time / Image

Time / Image is an international group exhibition investigating sustained artistic and cinematic engagements with questions of time, asking how, when, and why we can perceive time, and to what ends. Taking Gilles Deleuze’s term “the time-image” as an open provocation and philosophical framework, Time / Image features artworks and films that explore time as a political, historical, and cultural dimension that can be accessed and manipulated so that we might experience it differently. Time / Image features works by Siemon Allen, Matthew Buckingham, Allan deSouza, Andrea Geyer, Leslie Hewitt, Isaac Julien, Lorraine O’Grady, Trevor Paglen, Raqs Media Collective, Ruth Robbins, and Gary Simmons.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog with essays by Kara Keeling, Amy L. Powell, Raqs Media Collective, and Jeannine Tang. Along with illuminating the works in the exhibition, the publication will survey critical temporal interventions in film and video by John Akomfrah, Black Audio Film Collective, Robert Bresson, Cecilia Dougherty, Andrea Geyer, Djibril Diop Mambéty, Chris Marker, The Otolith Group, Raoul Peck, Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt), Hito Steyerl, Clarissa Tossin, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

As part of our dedicated screening program accompanying the exhibition, Blaffer is presenting Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, 2011 (noon Oct. 16); Cecilia Dougherty’s Coal Miner’s Granddaughter, 1991 (6:30 p.m. Nov. 6); and Djibril Diop Mambéty’s Touki Bouki, 1973 (6:30 p.m. Dec. 4).


November 6, 2015
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


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Houston, TX 77004 United States
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