Coco Fusco's a/k/a/ Mrs. George Gilbert
One of the most prominent American artists working in contemporary visual culture, Coco Fusco (Associate Professor, Columbia University) explores issues of race, gender, and cultural colonization through film, performance, and text. "a/k/a Mrs. George Gilbert" (2004) is a 31 minute video about an FBI agent who confesses his involvement in the nation-wide search for Angela Davis, the black philosopher who was fired from UCLA in 1969 at the order of then governor Ronald Reagan. Her case culminated in one of the most famous trials in recent history. She was acquitted in 1972.
Fusco presents an imaginative recreation of a crucial political moment in US history, weaving together archival footage, simulated surveillance footage of Davis "lookalikes," actual trial transcripts, FBI records and press clips with memorobilia from the international campaign to free Davis.
Presented by The 2006 Oscar Micheaux Lectures on Race and Media, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, and the Committee on Cinema and Media Studies.