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The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is getting specific with its upcoming lineup.
The team behind the long-gestating project at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles announced Wednesday a series of virtual programs that it will begin offering April 22, just ahead of the 93rd Oscars on April 25, and also what will be on offer once the museum opens for in-person visits Sept. 30.
Jacqueline Stewart, the museum’s chief artistic and programming officer, said in a statement, “The programs we are rolling out for our opening are dynamic, diverse and deeply grounded in the history and artistry of filmmaking. Whether they are recognizing Hollywood legends, delving into the working process of film professionals or addressing issues of race, gender, sexuality and inequity that run through film history, these programs will use the power of movies and stories of filmmakers to open eyes and minds.”
Added Bill Kramer, the museum’s director and president, “Developed in partnership with incredible Academy members, our slate of virtual programs is designed to complement our compelling and engaging core and temporary exhibitions. When we open, our programs will also come to life in our theaters and in our public spaces to deepen the visitor experience. Our screenings, panels, symposia and educational programs are key components of how our visitors will interact with the museum and learn about filmmaking.”
Pre-opening programming will include conversations, screenings and education programs accessible through the museum’s website. “Conceived as digital prologues to the Academy Museum’s core exhibition, Stories of Cinema, these programs will share the varied voices of extraordinary film artists, tell the stories of their inspirations and collaborations, and explore the art, technology, history, and social impact of the movies,” the museum said in a statement.
Things will kick off April 22 the activation of the museum’s website. Visitors will be able to view an interactive timeline that previews and expands on the museum’s gallery of Academy Awards History, as well as Hollywood Past and Present, a virtual tour of Oscars-related locations with vintage and contemporary photographs of key spots.
That same day, the website will publish Breaking the Oscars Ceiling, a conversation hosted by museum trustee Diane von Furstenberg and moderated by Stewart, who will be speaking with women who achieved historic Oscars milestones: actor Sophia Loren, actor and comedian Whoopi Goldberg, actor Marlee Matlin and singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie.
Film screenings (available only to U.S.-based visitors) and conversations with their makers will begin that day as well, including 2011’s Pariah, with writer-director Dee Rees, and 2001’s Y Tu Mama Tambien, with writer-director Alfonso Cuarón and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (in Spanish with English subtitles).
The day will also mark the launch of the In Conversation series. Spike Lee will talk about how his “vast personal collection represents his many cinematic muses.” And Joker composer Hildur Gudnadóttir will discuss her inspirations.
And there will also be a series of workshops and educational programs, ranging from “How to Use Film as a Teaching Tool to Have Difficult Conversations” to “The Work of Black VFX Artists.”
The in-person opening will bring these sorts of virtual offerings to life.
Screenings in the museum’s two theaters — the 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater and the 288-seat Ted Mann Theater — that will aim to “build on the ever-expanding film canon.” Titles will be selected by each of the Academy’s 17 branches, and also reflect museum exhibitions (e.g. timed to the museum’s inaugural temporary exhibition highlighting the work of Hayao Miyazaki, all of Miyazaki’s features will be screened in both Japanese with English subtitles and with English dubbing).
Additional programming will include “Oscar Sundays,” screenings of Oscar-nominated and -winning films, as well as a behind-the-scenes look inside the Academy and the Academy Awards; Filmmakers’ Inspiration, expanding upon the gallery spaces curated by filmmakers and highlighting their works and others that influenced them; Preservation Spotlights, showcasing recently preserved films from archives around the world; Retrospectives, offering expansive surveys of a filmmaker’s body of work (e.g. Satyajit Ray, Haile Gerima, and actress and icon Anna May Wong); and Shorts in the Geffen, daily screenings celebrating the creativity of shortform filmmaking.
Additionally, the museum will present conversations, panels, symposia and lectures several times a month in its theaters celebrating film artists and film history while also providing learning opportunities to lean into areas of harm, hurt and complexity.
Speaker series will include Legacy, inviting family members of Hollywood legends to discuss the legacy of film artists and provide first-hand insights into film history; Impact/Reflection, featuring film artists in conversation with scholars and activists about the relationship between documentary and narrative film and topics presented in the museum’s Impact/Reflection galleries in Stories of Cinema, such as #MeToo, pay equity, Black Lives Matter, climate change, and labor relations; The Arts and Sciences of Cinema, providing information and context about breakthrough scientific and technical achievements in filmmaking; In Conversation, with profiles of film artists, celebrations of the anniversaries of significant films, discussions in which film artists speak with people who have been their inspirations and influences, and more; Contextualizing Cinema, where Academy members and scholars unpack challenging topics in film history — such as racialized makeup, degrading depictions of Indigenous peoples, and racism in animation — with the aim of increasing empathy and knowledge; Object Acquisitions, inviting audiences to follow the journey into the Academy Museum of iconic objects such as the ‘Bruce the Shark’ model from Jaws and the ruby red slippers from The Wizard of Oz; and Hayao Miyazaki, unpacking themes in Miyazaki’s films.
Education and family programs will be provided both in the exhibition galleries and in the Shirley Temple Education Studio. School tours will be offered twice a week, at no cost and with the expense of bus travel reimbursed.
All visitors will be able to join themed, interactive 45-minute guided tours throughout the week, offering insights on the core collection, exhibitions, art installations and the Academy Museum’s architectural design. Family tours and accommodative tours (including offerings for the low vision, blind, hard of hearing and deaf communities) will be scheduled on a regular basis. On weekends, multiple 15-minute Gallery Highlights will encourage a deeper understanding of focal points in the museum’s content while engaging visitors in conversation. Guided tours and Gallery Highlights will be free with museum admission, and free audio tours will also be available in English, Spanish and Korean.
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