Dec 21, 2020, 6:30PM–7:30PM

In Conversation: Jake Meginsky & Ashley Clark

Jake Meginsky and Neil Young, ​Milford Graves Full Mantis​ (2018), sound and color, 1:31:00.

Milford Graves has had an indelible impact on the lives of artists from a variety of disciplines, including filmmaker and composer Jake Meginsky. In 2018 Meginsky directed and produced the award-winning feature film, Milford Graves Full Mantis. The documentary is an intimate look at Graves’s life as a percussionist, researcher, performer, and teacher. In October 2018 it was featured at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture’s inaugural film festival in Washington, D.C. Milford Graves Full Mantis is now streaming worldwide. Meginsky studied under Graves at Bennington College and was an integral member of the curatorial team for Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal.

Facilitating the conversation is writer and film programmer Ashley Clark. Originally from London, Clark has held roles at a number of arts organizations, including Director of Film Programming at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and curating the films for BFI – Black Star, a screening series based in the United Kingdom that recognized the accomplishments of Black people in film. He began his film criticism career in 2010 when he established the blog Permanent Plastic Helmet. Clark’s areas of interest include race and representation, and the histories and futures of Black British and Black American independent cinema. In 2015 he completed his first publication, Facing Blackness: Media and Minstrelsy in Spike Lee’s Bamboozled (The Critical Press, 2015).

This program is co-presented by Ars Nova Workshop.

Live captioning will be provided for this program by Caption Access. Please contact Natalie Sandstrom, Program Coordinator, at with any questions.

This program is free and open to the public. It will be conducted virtually via Zoom.

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Major support for Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Joseph Robert Foundation. Additional support has been provided by Nancy & Leonard Amoroso, Cecile & Christopher D’Amelio, Carol & John Finley, Amanda & Andrew Megibow, Norma & Larry Reichlin, and by Caroline & Daniel Werther.

Programming at ICA has been made possible in part by the Emily and Jerry Spiegel Fund to Support Contemporary Culture and Visual Arts and the Lise Spiegel Wilks and Jeffrey Wilks Family Foundation, and by Hilarie L. & Mitchell Morgan.


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