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Empty Suitcases

In Person: Bette Gordon

Part of And Yet She Moves: Reviewing Feminist Cinema

Introduced by Bette Gordon; followed by an in-depth conversation with the director and curator Sheryl Mousley.

One of the most radical and raw films of the 1980s and a key piece of the NoWave Movement, Empty Suitcases presents a stark look at a strong photographer living life on the edge. Set within the milieu of the Downtown art world (with a cameo by Nan Goldin), the artist embraces anarchy and terrorism as ways to address the sexual, economic, social, and professional struggles she faces. 1980, video, 49 minutes.


The series is co-organized by the Walker Art Center and the University of Minnesota.

Copresented by the Arts & Humanities Chair 2011–2013, Moving Image Studies, and the departments of English, German, Scandinavian & Dutch; and Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota. Additional support provided by the Morton Zabel Fund of the Department of English.