To Render the Infinite: Visual Genealogies of Black Kinship - with Kevin Jerome Everson, Paige Taul, & zakkiyyah najeebah dumas o'neal: Block Museum - Northwestern University
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To Render the Infinite: Visual Genealogies of Black Kinship - with Kevin Jerome Everson, Paige Taul, & zakkiyyah najeebah dumas o'neal

Black and white close up of two womens' faces, with dark hair, smiling, super imposed
Image credit: Still from "10:28’30" by Paige Taul
7 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Wed May 25, 2022
7 PM


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


Open to the public


To Render the Infinite: Visual Genealogies of Black Kinship

(Various artists, 2008-2022, ~52 min, digital)


“To Render the Infinite” connects the work of Kevin Jerome Everson, Paige Taul, and zakkiyyah najeebah dumas o’neal in a visual genealogy, reflecting on the ways that filmmakers have captured and cultivated generational and familial relationships through the camera. Films like Paige Taul’s 7-7-94 For my babe and Kevin Jerome Everson’s Flak-Kaserne Ludwigsburg serve as imaginative and speculative family portraits shot in vivid 16mm. zakkiyyah najeebah dumas o’neal’s to render the infinite. offers a found footage driven response to the legacy of Lorraine Hansberry, exploring notions of belonging, intimacy, and Black women’s relationship to the everyday.

Following the screening, Everson, Taul, and o’neal will appear in person to discuss the formal and thematic kinship between their films.

Co-presented with support from the Michael and Jane Hoffman Visiting Artist Series, the MFA in Documentary Media at Northwestern, and the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.


Films in this program include:

to render the infinite. (zakkiyyah najeebah dumas o’neal & Ayana Contreras, 2021, 11 min, digital)

10:28’30 (Paige Taul, 2019, 4 min, digital)

I Am (Paige Taul, 2017, 3 min, digital)

7-7-94 For my babe (Paige Taul, 2018, 3.5 min, digital)

The Promise (Paige Taul, 2019, 5 min, digital)

Music from the Edge of the Allegheny Plateau (Kevin Jerome Everson, 2019, 7 min, digital)

Flak-Kaserne Ludwigsburg (Kevin Jerome Everson, 2021, 4 min, digital)

Vanilla Cake With Strawberry Filling (Kevin Jerome Everson, 2014, 2 min, digital)

Juneteenth Columbus, Mississippi (Kevin Jerome Everson, 2013, 2 min, digital)

Sister (Kevin Jerome Everson, 2019, 2 min, digital)

Patent 1,571,148 (Kevin Jerome Everson, 2022, 4:40 min, digital)

Ninety-Three (Kevin Jerome Everson, 2008, 3 min, digital)


Films appear courtesy of the artists; Paige Taul's films Canyon Cinema; Kevin Jerome Everson's films appear courtesy the artist and Picture Palace Pictures. Co-curated by aeryka hollis o'neil, Emily Martin, and Malia Haines-Stewart.


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