Join us the first Thursday of each month for a free online screening of rarely seen short films and videos from the Smithsonian’s collection, followed by live conversations with the artists and Smithsonian curators. Featured artists and filmmakers include Ingrid Wiegand, Julie Finch, Joan Jonas, Zina Saro-Wiwa, Margaret Salmon, Zora Lathan and Iman Uqdah Hameen, and Leslie Thornton.

Since the invention of the moving image, women have created films and videos that have changed how people see and experience the world. Throughout 2021, the Smithsonian will celebrate the breadth of women-made films and videos through a monthly series called Viewfinder: Women’s Film and Video from the Smithsonian. The first six programs will consider the theme of inner worlds — a timely topic as the global pandemic continues to confine many people to their homes. Featured programs will highlight issues directly addressing domestic interiors, including childcare and labor, while others explore the emotional experiences that shape private lives. This series is presented by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her Story, in collaboration with participating Smithsonian institutions.


Joan Jonas: The Inner Worlds of Video 

This screening includes two videos from artist Joan Jonas from the collections of the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum: “Left Side Right Side” (8:50 minutes, 1972) and “Vertical Roll” (19:38 minutes, 1972). The screening will be followed by a conversation with the artist and curators Saisha Grayson (SAAM) and Charlotte Ickes (NPG) exploring how artists construct, inhabit, and internalize space using the video camera, and Jonas’s five-decade-plus career.

Register for “Joan Jonas: The Inner Worlds of Video,” taking place on Thursday, February 4, at 5:30pm (EST).

For more details on the full series and to register for upcoming screenings, visit