From this summer until next spring, the Academy Museum will dedicate a series of exhibition and gallery spaces to Black Cinema from the 1970s, Godfather, Boyz n the Hood, Casablanca, director Agnes Ward and others. He will also open a permanent exhibition on the history of the Los Angeles studio system, including the role of its predominantly Jewish founders – a seeming omission in the museum’s first collection, for which it has received some criticism.
In addition, the museum will exchange some of the selections in its Cinema Stories galleries with costumes, scripts, footage and props from films that include Akira, The birds, The beloved and more. As for the rest of the museum, the Academy says it plans to “refresh” its public spaces, which sometimes feel like caves with “cinematic elements and moments of digital engagement and connectivity” by the building’s interior designer, Kulapat Yantrasast and WHY Architecture.
“Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898-1971” was announced even before the Academy Museum opened (and was among our most anticipated exhibitions), but finally we only have a few more details on what to expect when it opens this summer. The research collaboration with the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, will include subjects related to Lena Horn, Sydney Poitier, Paul Robson, William Greaves, Josephine Baker, the Nicholas Brothers, Harry Belaifonte Axis Davis et al.
The permanent “Hollywoodland” will debut in the spring of 2023 with a review of the history of film production in LA, beginning in the early 20th century. In clear response to criticism that the founders of a Jewish studio were absent from the museum’s exhibits at the opening, Hollywoodland will present the rise of the American film industry as a story for immigrants with a focus on the earliest producers.
Elsewhere in the museum, expect to see some pretty significant updates to the main collection. In the gallery “The Art of Film Production” the focus is on The Wizard of Oz will give way to Godfather on November 3, with costumes, props, scripts and equipment from the iconic Francis Ford Coppola film, including the desk and chair of Don Corleone. At the same time, the Director’s Inspiration Gallery will move from Spike Lee to Agnes Varda, focusing on the Belgian-born French director’s photographic experience and passion for the fine arts.
In February 2023, the Famous Movies and Directors galleries will be completely renovated. The galleries on the second floor will focus on Casablancawith original production sites and stories of European emigrants who worked on the film; Boyz n the Hood, in particular his portrayal of black life in South LA and his influence on pop culture; collaboration between production designer Sarah Greenwood and set designer Katie Spencer, who specialized in items from the period such as Anna Karenina and The darkest hour; and the projects of the documentary filmmaker Lourdes Portillo on Identity and Social Justice in Latin America and the United States Currently, this part of the museum houses galleries of Citizen Kane, Real women have curvesEmmanuel Lubetski, Thelma Schunmaker and Oscar Misho.
Elsewhere in the museum, expect to see new additions to almost any space, including Katsuhiro Otomo cells Akira this spring; The costume of Queen Anne of Olivia Coleman from The belovedscripts and storyboards from The birds and Gregory Peck To kill a Mockingbird Oscar in November; and Carmen Miranda ‘s costume as Rosita Rivas from Weekend in Havana next spring, among many, many others.
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