Hands of Inge

16mm motion picture film of Hands of Inge

Directed by
Fletcher, John W. Jr., American
Edited by
Beveridge, Tee, American, 1923 - 1993
Subject of
Hardison, Inge, American, born 1914
Composed by
Mal Waldron, American, 1925 - 2002
Carter, Ron, American, born 1937
Dolphy, Eric, American, 1928 - 1964
Narrated by
Davis, Ossie, American, 1917 - 2005
Owned by
Bowser, Pearl, American, born 1931
Medium
16mm Film (a): acetate film;
Reel (b): metal;
Film Can (c): metal
Dimensions
Duration: 10 Minutes
Length (Film): 412 Feet
Type
motion pictures (information artifacts)
Place filmed
Manhattan, New York City, New York County, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date
ca. 1962
Caption
This 16mm black and white film is a short film exploring the work and methodology of acclaimed African American sculptor Inge Hardison. The film, made relatively early in her career, details her working processes with clay, bronze, and wire.
Description
The 16mm black and white film serves as a short introduction to the work and methodology of acclaimed African American sculptor Inge Hardison. The film, made relatively early in her career, details her working processes with clay, bronze, and wire. The camera largely focuses on her hands, although there are also some shots that include her full body and the model, a young girl, Hardison's daughter, Yolande. The jazz music soundtrack features Mal Waldron, Eric Dolphy, Ron Carter, and Toni Ross. Hortense Beveridge edited the film. There is some voiceover narration by Ossie Davis.
Consists of: 16mm Film (a), Original 400 foot Film Reel (b), and Original 400 foot Can (c).
2012.79.1.9.1a: 16mm film. The film opens with close-ups of Hardison's hands as she displays some tools, cuts a piece of metal, and begins the process of making clay for sculpture. The next scene shows her hands working with metal wire and wood and using wire cutters as she twists the metal around another object. At this point in the film, the narration by Ossie Davis begins. He introduces Hardison and then the camera shot pulls back to show her working on a sculpture on a waist-high table. All of the materials from the previous scene appear to have been used in the sculpture she is working on. The camera shot returns to a close-up of her hands as she molds the clay around the wire. As she continues to work, the clay is molded into the shape of a human head, and Davis reveals that she is creating a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. The next scenes show some of her other sculpture, including one of Father John Coleman of Brooklyn, Nellie Carrington from the book Smokey Town Road written by Hardison, Elaine Atwell, and her niece Minnie Hardison. The montage of her works ends with a small full nude sculpture. The next scene shows a close-up of hands working on a sculpture of her daughter. Then the footage shows her daughter and compares her to the sculpture with sporadic narration by Davis. He then explains how she is preparing the sculpture to be made into bronze. The next scene shows her hands using pliers to work with wire. The final design shown is a man made of wire in a running position. The film ends with a montage of her hands with and without tools.
2012.79.1.9.1b: Original 400 foot film reel.
2012.79.1.9.1c: Original 400 foot film can. The metal can has a sticker label from a film company on one side and a hand written note taped on to the other side.
Topic
African American
Actors
Art
Jazz (Music)
Women
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Pearl Bowser
Object number
2012.79.1.9.1abc
Restrictions & Rights
No known copyright restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
Pearl Bowser Collection
Classification
Media Arts-Film and Video
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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