Terra Femme (2021) live documentary-performance with Courtney Stephens: Block Museum - Northwestern University
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Terra Femme (2021) live documentary-performance with Courtney Stephens

Film still from "Terra Femme"
Image credit: "Terra Femme" (2021) Courtney Stephens
7 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Fri February 11, 2022
7 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public



(Courtney Stephens, 2021, 60 mins, digital screening + live performance)

In-person: Courtney Stephens




In this live documentary-performance hybrid, Courtney Stephens investigates the history of women as travel filmmakers from the 1920s through the 1950s. Drawing entirely on archival materials, Stephens scrutinizes the traces left by these women with a movie camera, asking questions about gender and genre: what common subjects drew their eye? What social roles did they challenge, reproduce, or inhabit? What do these films say about the place of women in the economies of cinema and colonialism? Hearkening to the illustrated lectures of travel societies and 20th-century home movie projections, Stephens uses the live performance mode to reflect on the personal stakes of her inquiry as a traveler and filmmaker. The result is a film essay as moving as it is transporting.

Following the screening, Courtney Stephens will be in conversation with Malia Haines-Stewart, Associate Film Programmer, and Madison Brown, Ph.D. Candidate, Screen Cultures.

terra_femme.jpgStill from Terra Femme (2021)


Vaccination and Mask at the Block

The Block Museum complies with local, state, and University guidelines related to the coronavirus pandemic for in-person public events and museum visitation. Effective January 10, 2022, the City of Evanston requires all patrons 5 years and older to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and wear a mask to visit this location.

More information about these guidelines available at https://www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/visit/index.html

Contact The Block Museum of Art for more information: (847) 491-4000 or email us at block-museum@northwestern.edu