The Vertigo of Time by Phyllis B. Dooney

The Vertigo of Time

by Phyllis B. Dooney

The Vertigo of Time, by photographer Phyllis B. Dooney, looks at the convergence of the past and present day where all systems and individuals are part of a collective continuum, imbued with both ethereal and concrete inscriptions from the past. It presents a tapestry of everyday black American lives, then and now: business owners, activists, veterans, cooks, farmers, musicians, congregates, mothers and fathers. In photographs, a moving image piece and an audioscape,* The Vertigo of Time renders a prismatic consciousness; here we find a storied history of the Durham area, collectively, in the voices of the descendants from Historic Stagville’s enslaved population.

*audioscape created in collaboration with local organization Blackspace

Special Open Hours

March 29 – April 11: 11am-5pm
April 3 – 4: 2-6:30pm
April 5 – 8: 11am-5pm

This exhibition is part of the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University 2018 thesis series. More info at


Opening Reception: Thursday, March 29, 6-8pm


Friday – Sunday
12 – 3pm
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