On View: Robert Nelson's Oh Dem Watermelons

Still from Oh Dem Watermelons, 1965, 16mm film; color, sound; 11:07 min., National Endowment for the Arts Purchase Grant for the Acquisition of Films by Living American Film Makers and Matching $5,000 Gift of the Women's Committee

Tue, November 5,
10:00 AM
5:00 PM


On view in the Scaife Galleries November 5–24
As part of the Collection component of the 2013 Carnegie International, experimental films from 1950s–70s will be on view in the Scaife Galleries, highlighting the work of the museum’s groundbreaking Film Section over the years.
Originally produced as a theatrical intermission for the San Francisco Mime Troup’s satirical A Minstrel Show, or Civil Rights in a Cracker Barrel, Nelson’s irreverent film puns on the watermelon’s place in old black stereotypes, with a soundtrack by Steve Reich based on a Stephen Foster song. 
“A brazenly sardonic evisceration of racism that exploits its stereotypical symbol.” (The New York Times)
See the full film schedule on The Collection page.