Academy Museum Galleries
Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971 explores the rich history of Black participation in US cinema from its beginnings to just beyond the civil rights movement. Inspired by and named after an independent all-Black-cast movie from 1923, Regeneration seeks to revive lost or forgotten films, filmmakers, and performers for a contemporary audience.
The Academy Museum Store has curated a collection of merchandise that celebrate and honor the contribution of Black film artists to American cinema.
Presented in conjunction with Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898-1971 is Isaac Julien’s Baltimore, a three-channel installation located in the Academy Museum’s Warner Brothers Gallery. Julien’s film is an homage to writer, director, producer, and actor Melvin Van Peebles (1932–2021), whose film Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (USA, 1971) ushered in the “blaxploitation” era, a genre of low-budget films created for African American audiences during the 1970s.
The Art of Moviemaking: The Godfather features a wide array of original objects from The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather Part II (1974), offering an exciting glimpse into the process of making a masterpiece. Director Francis Ford Coppola’s interpretation of Mario Puzo’s popular novel provided an operatic and poignant reflection on the American dream, making the films an instant phenomenon that not only radically transformed the moviegoing experience, but also moviemaking in the 1970s. From costumes to props to scripts and equipment, these materials—many on view for the first time—highlight the contributions of several cinematic branches, and how they innovated amid the changing landscape of Hollywood.
Shop our collection of gifts and merchandise from the Academy Museum Store celebrating the career and films of Academy Award-winning director Pedro Almodóvar.
The Academy Museum Store proudly partnered with Pedro Almodóvar and his film production company, El Deseo in Spain, to create this exclusive collection of gifts and merchandise - the largest selection of officially licensed products inspired by the films of the Academy Award-winning director and sold exclusively at The Academy Museum Store.
Inventing Worlds and Characters: Animation.
A century of animated filmmaking—as told through the stories of diverse animation artists—is highlighted in Inventing Worlds and Characters: Animation. Models, puppets, and maquettes of beloved characters are surrounded by illustrations, designs, and other materials that give further insight into the visual styles, themes, and approaches of animation moviemakers.
Movies are a powerful visual storytelling tool that can change how we see each other and the world around us. The wide variety of people who work together to make movies have the potential to shape the arc of cinema history as well as the culture at large.
The Path to Cinema: Highlights from the Richard Balzer Collection explores how the cinematic experience we know today evolved from a long tradition of optical amusements and devices of wonder: from shadow play, peepshows, magic lanterns, zoetropes, and praxinoscopes to the Cinématographe Lumière––the world’s first successful film projector.
The future of cinema is Cinema is a relatively new art form, yet it has developed tremendously since Auguste and Louis Lumière enraptured audiences with their first commercial screenings in 1895. Today a global film industry connects the visionary work of moviemakers to billions of moviegoers with ever-increasing means of access to the moving image. The future of cinema will continue to be determined by creators and audiences as together they participate in its evolving modes of expression and distribution. Presented in The Future of Cinema are the words of members of the film community who were invited to share their views of cinema’s horizons. Their statements and aspirations address artistry, technology, social impact, inclusion, and more. As visitors leave this final gallery in the Stories of Cinema exhibition, we hope these thoughts and insights will be carried beyond the museum walls and inspire and inspire those contributing to the future of cinema.in your hands.