This lecture explores the intersection of film, Senegalese indepedence and the vestiges of French colonialism in the 1965 movie, “Black Girl,” showing how the late Senegalese director Ousmane Sembene uses the city of Dakar to explore the tenuous nature of the Senegalese state and intercultural relationships in the 1960s. The talk also examines how Dakar stirs up a complex set of memories for both the colonizer and the colonized in the aftermath of Senegalese independence.

Dr. Nelson is Associate Professor of Art History in the Department of Art History at UCLA and the author of “From Cameroon to Paris: Mousgoum Architecture In and Out of Africa” (University of Chicago Press, 2007).  He is working on a new book, “Dakar: The Making of an African Metropolis.”  He is a former reviews editor for Art Journal and former contributing editor for African Arts.

Dr. Nelson received a bachelor of arts in studio art from Yale University and master’s and doctorate degrees in art and architectural history from Harvard University.

The lecture is free and open to the public.  For further information contact Frances Pohl at 909-607-2253