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Say Brother; African Artist, The; Momodou Ceesay talks about the function of an artist

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07/09/1976

In this clip Gambian artist Momodou Ceesay, painting instructor at the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts and at Roxbury Community College, talks about his function as an artist and his recent work illustrating African stories for children. Overall the program focuses on the painting of Gambian artist Momodou Ceesay, painting instructor at the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts and at Roxbury Community College. Host Marita Rivero speaks with Ceesay about what we can expect from art and its function is, his ideas and techniques (which are often inspired by children's stories from Gambia), his efforts to preserve Africa's traditional landscapes via illustration, and the fact that much of his work is derived from memory. Ceesay works in watercolor and acrylic paint. Program includes numerous slides of the artist's work, accompanied by narrated explanations, and the "Community Calendar." Produced by Marita Rivero. Directed by Conrad White.


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Series
Say Brother
Program
African Artist, The
Program Number

620

Title

Momodou Ceesay talks about the function of an artist

Series Description

Say Brother is WGBH's longest running public affairs television program by, for and about African Americans, and is now known as Basic Black. Since its inception in 1968, Say Brother has featured the voices of both locally and nationally known African American artists, athletes, performers, politicians, professionals, and writers including: Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Thomas Atkins, Amiri Baraka, Doris Bunte, Julian Bond, Stokely Carmichael, Louis Farrakhan, Nikki Giovanni, Odetta Gordon, Henry Hampton, Benjamin Hooks, Jesse Jackson, Hubie Jones, Mel King, Eartha Kitt, Elma Lewis, Haki Madhubuti, Wallace D. Muhammad, Charles Ogletree, Babatunde Olatunji, Byron Rushing, Owusu Sadaukai, and Sonia Sanchez. Series release date: 7/15/1968

Program Description

Program focuses on the painting of Gambian artist Momodou Ceesay, painting instructor at the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts and at Roxbury Community College. Host Marita Rivero speaks with Ceesay about what we can expect from art and its function is, his ideas and techniques (which are often inspired by children's stories from Gambia), his efforts to preserve Africa's traditional landscapes via illustration, and the fact that much of his work is derived from memory. Ceesay works in watercolor and acrylic paint. Program includes numerous slides of the artist's work, accompanied by narrated explanations, and the "Community Calendar."

Asset Type

Clip

Media Type

Video

Subjects
African American painters
Ceesay, Momodou, 1945-
White, Charles
African American arts
Genres
Magazine
Topics
Race and Ethnicity
Creators
White, Conrad (Director)
Rivero, Marita (Producer)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Associate Producer)
Contributors
Plausse, John (Lighting)
Allen, Lydia (Intern)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Recordist)
White, Don (Video)
Rivero, Marita (Host)
Chigas, Basil (Stage Manager)
Clarke, Brian (Intern)
Buccheri, Ron (Switcher)
Spangler, Jennifer (Audio)
Bundy, Kissette (Intern)
Crane, David (Videotape Editor)
Kramer, Sharon (Graphic Designer)
Floyd, Michael (Lighting Assistant)
Smith, Lee (Assistant Cameraman)
Wilson, Bob (Camera)
Bourne, Wendell (Intern)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
Hutton, David (Videotape Editor)
Spooner, Dighton (Researcher)
Lane, Frank (Camera)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Say Brother; African Artist, The; Momodou Ceesay talks about the function of an artist,” 07/09/1976, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 4, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_30262D582CCE4B5CBB0805B38E701108.
MLA: “Say Brother; African Artist, The; Momodou Ceesay talks about the function of an artist.” 07/09/1976. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 4, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_30262D582CCE4B5CBB0805B38E701108>.
APA: Say Brother; African Artist, The; Momodou Ceesay talks about the function of an artist. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_30262D582CCE4B5CBB0805B38E701108
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