The MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department is hosting an event to launch Do You Know What It Means, a digital archive and Web site that was created to help the public understand what life was like in New Orleans before the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster. Walter Williams, a New Orleans resident, comedian, filmmaker and creator of Saturday Night Live’s Play-Doh character Mr. Bill, will be performing and screening a 20-minute version of his film New Orleans: The Natural History, which addresses the unstable wetland conditions in the city. There will be a reception and informal exhibition to follow that will illustrate how this multifaceted site chronicles and preserves the untold stories of the people of New Orleans.
The event takes place on Friday, May 18, 7pm, in the Amphitheater, 209 East 23rd Street, 3rd floor. Admission is $7 (cash only). For more information on the project, visit www.doyouknowwhatitmeans.org or call Natasha Chuk at 646.286.5425.