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Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Opens to the Public on September 30, 2021

Los Angeles, September 21, 2021Inviting the world into an unparalleled experience of the arts, sciences, artists, and social impact of moviemaking, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will open its doors to the public on Thursday, September 30, 2021, following a dedication ceremony attended by civic, cultural, and entertainment leaders and officers of the museum and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Located in Los Angeles, the world capital of moviemaking, the new museum is the largest in North America devoted to exploring films and film culture and is the only such museum in Los Angeles.


Bill Kramer, Director and President of the Academy Museum, said, “We are living in changing and ever-evolving times, and now more than ever we need to come together to share our stories, learn from one another, and bond over being entertained and delighted. This is what movies do, and we are thrilled to be opening such a dynamic, diverse and welcoming institution devoted to this beloved artform. I am so deeply grateful to the entire Academy Museum team and all of our partners who have worked with such dedication and integrity in building this new institution—for Los Angeles and for the world.”

Jacqueline Stewart, Chief Artistic and Programming Officer of the Academy Museum, said, “We eagerly await engaging visitors in accessible, multifaceted conversations about the history of filmmaking and the impact that cinema has on our lives. We look forward to welcoming people to the museum, our galleries, theaters, and educational spaces.  We hope visitors will learn more about films they know and love, make new cinematic discoveries, and feel inspired to share their own stories.”

Ted Sarandos, Board Chair of the Academy Museum and Co-CEO of Netflix, said, “The Academy Museum reflects the broad community that creates the collaborative art of the movies, and the museum has been built by that community. On behalf of the board, I thank the Academy’s Board of Governors, campaign chair Bob Iger and co-chairs Annette Bening and Tom Hanks, and the generous individuals, corporations, foundations, and government entities—more than 13,000 in all—whose gifts have made the Academy Museum possible. My special thanks go to the leadership and staff of the Academy Museum, Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Gensler, and exhibition designer WHY architecture, whose brilliant work has given us the movie museum we have dreamed of for so long.”

Dawn Hudson, CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, said, “The dream of building a museum dedicated to movies has been 90 years in the making for the Academy. No matter what’s been happening in the world since then, no matter what the challenges, that dream has lived on. Now people from all over the galaxy will enjoy the incredible talents of our members and of all the artists who make movies. This is now a reality that would not have been possible without the dedication and focus of hundreds of incredibly talented people and their will to see it come to life. It is with immense pride that we celebrate the opening of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.”

David Rubin, President of the Academy, said, “Since 1929, when the first Academy board and its president Douglas Fairbanks dreamt of a museum devoted to motion pictures, our governors through the decades have sought to realize that dream. The Academy’s branches and governors are grateful to Bill Kramer and the museum staff for their creativity and collaborative spirit, and we salute our Academy CEO Dawn Hudson for her perseverance in reaching this milestone event.”

The seven-story, 300,000-square-foot museum, which draws on the unique resources of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and is located in the heart of LA’s Miracle Mile, will open with:

  • the 30,000-square-foot core exhibition Stories of Cinema, offering celebratory, critical, and personal perspectives on the disciplines and impact of moviemaking, past and present
  • the temporary exhibition Hayao Miyazakithe first museum retrospective in North America of the work of the acclaimed filmmaker and Studio Ghibli
  • The Path to Cinema: Highlights from the Richard Balzer Collection, with selections from the world’s foremost holdings of pre-cinematic optical toys and devices
  • Backdrop: An Invisible Art, a double-height installation that presents the painting of Mount Rushmore used in North by Northwest (USA, 1959)
  • and The Oscars® Experience, an immersive simulation that lets visitors imaginatively step onto the stage of the Dolby Theatre to accept an Academy Award®.

The museum’s roster of screenings—including Oscar® Sundays and Family Matinees—will be presented in its new 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater and the 288-seat Ted Mann Theater beginning on September 30 with a special presentation of The Wizard of Oz (USA, 1939) with live musical accompaniment by the American Youth Symphony conducted by Oscar nominee David Newman in the larger theater. Highlights of the first three months of film screenings, discussions, and programs include:

  • Stories of Cinema: screenings of films highlighted in the core exhibition, including Real Women Have Curves (USA, 2002) and The Way of the Dragon (Hong Kong, 1972)
  • Malcolm X in 70mm: a screening for Academy Museum Members with special guests Spike Lee and Denzel Washington
  • Oscar® Frights: screenings of Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated horror films, including Get Out (USA, 2017), Pan’s Labyrinth (Mexico, 2006) and Psycho (USA, 1960)
  • Hayao Miyazakiscreenings of the filmmaker’s complete body of work, in conjunction with the inaugural temporary exhibition
  • Imperfect Journey: Haile Gerima and His Comrades: screenings in honor of Haile Gerima with special guests including Malik Sayeed, Bradford Young, Arthur Jafa, and Ava DuVernay
  • Sound Off: A Celebration of Women Composers: screenings of films scored by women composers, including Joker (USA, 2019), scored by Hildur Guðnadóttir, and Tron (USA, 1982), scored by Wendy Carlos
  • Retrospectives of Jane Campion and Satyajit Ray, with the latter drawing from the Academy Film Archive’s rich holdings of his works
  • Beyond the Icon: Anna May Wonga celebration of the actress’s work and legacy, including screenings of Piccadilly (UK, 1929) and Shanghai Express (USA, 1932)
  • Legacy: a cross-generational discussion series, beginning with a conversation between Laura Dern and her parents Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd
  • In Conversation: a topical discussion series that begins with a conversation between producers Effie T. Brown and Heather Rae on how to contextualize cinema

Ongoing education and family programs will take place throughout the museum in exhibition galleries, theaters, and the Shirley Temple Education Studio. These will include teen programs, family studio activities, and school tours. Accommodative tours for members of the hard-of-hearing and deaf communities and low-vision and blind communities will be offered monthly, as well as accommodative family film screenings for neurodivergent viewers.

Fanny’s, the restaurant and café developed by restaurateurs Bill Chait and Carl Schuster and designed by LA-based Commune Design, will open to visitors with breakfast and lunch service with dinner service added later in the fall. Named after Fanny Brice—the legendary movie, vaudeville, theater, and radio star portrayed by Barbra Streisand in her Oscar-winning role as Funny Girl (1968)—the striking two-story, 10,000 square foot space, conceptualized by the late architect Osvaldo Maiozzi, features a chef-designed open kitchen, elegant bar, and captain-based service style that nods to a bygone era. Raphael Francois serves as Executive Chef and Julian Cox as the bar’s mixologist. Wolfgang Puck Catering will oversee catering services at the museum.

The Academy Museum Storewill greet shoppers in its 2,600-square-foot retail space off of the Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby and will feature merchandise designed and produced exclusively for the store, Oscars memorabilia, and other film-related items. An extension of the museum’s mission to showcase the diverse stories of the art and artists of moviemaking, the museum is thrilled to work with many diverse and inspiring Los Angeles and California-based partners on the creation of merchandise and collectibles.

Civic Dedication and Opening Events
The civic dedication ceremony for the Academy Museum will be held at 9am on Thursday, September 30, on The Walt Disney Company Piazza, before an audience of invited guests and media. Following a Tongva land acknowledgment, the program will include remarks by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences CEO Dawn Hudson and President David Rubin; producer Effie T. Brown, chair of the museum’s Inclusion Advisory Committee and CEO of Gamechanger Films; Colleen Bell, Director of the California Film Commission; Los Angeles County Supervisor, Third District, Sheila Kuehl; Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; and Los Angeles Councilmember, District 4, Nithya Raman; with Academy Museum Director and President Bill Kramer as master of ceremonies. Guests will include leadership and staff of the Academy and the Academy Museum, Museum Trustees, major donors to the museum campaign, executive leaders of neighboring cultural institutions, and representatives of community organizations. Following a ceremonial ribbon cutting, the museum will open its doors to the public at 10am.

The civic dedication will cap off a week of special events, which will begin with the Opening Gala on Saturday, September 25. Co-chaired by Jason Blum, Ava DuVernay, and Ryan Murphy, the Gala will honor writer-producer-director Haile Gerima and actress Sophia Loren and give special recognition to Academy Museum campaign leaders Bob Iger, Annette Bening, and Tom Hanks. The Gala will be presented by Rolex, with leadership support from J.P. Morgan.

The Gala will be followed by four days of museum member previews, September 26–29. On Tuesday, September 28, an Opening Night will greet museum Trustees, Academy Governors, major campaign donors, exhibition collaborators and lenders, and other contributors who have made the Academy Museum a reality. On Wednesday, September 29, a Premiere Party will welcome filmmakers, artists, musicians, designers, and other members of the creative community to the Academy Museum.

Opening festivities will conclude on Sunday, October 17, when the Academy Museum will host a day-long free community celebration, from 10 am–6 pm.

Inaugural Exhibitions
The Academy Museum’s 50,000 square feet of gallery space opens with a series of exhibitions that honor the museum’s mission to share the diverse and dynamic history of cinema with the world. This includes the three-floor core exhibition Stories of Cinema,the first-ever Hayao Miyazaki retrospective in North America, and many other engaging temporary exhibitions that exemplify the Academy Museum’s commitment to advancing the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema.

Stories of Cinemathe Academy Museum’s core exhibition, connects museumgoers to the celebratory and complex international history of motion pictures. The more than 30,000-square-foot exhibition, designed by WHY Architecture, explores all aspects of the history, arts, and sciences of moviemaking and is on view across three floors of the museum. Drawing from the Academy Museum’s growing collection as well as the unparalleled collections of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the exhibition will surround visitors with moving images, sound, props, costumes, scripts, posters, production and costume design drawings, matte paintings, photographs, backdrops, animation cels, puppets, maquettes, and so much more.

With the conviction that there is no single narrative encompassing the development of cinema, this exhibition will showcase multiple stories about moviemaking from a variety of voices and perspectives. Like cinema itself, the Stories of Cinema galleries will evolve and change over time to highlight different movies, artists, eras, genres, and more. Alongside celebrating and championing the stories, art, and artists of cinema, Stories of Cinema also creates space to tell its complex and difficult stories.

Stories of Cinema begins in the Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby with an installation in the glass-walled Spielberg Family Gallery. This installation, which is a free introduction to the exhibition, will provide a rapid immersion into the history of cinema via a 13-minute introductory presentation across multiple screens, juxtaposing clips and stills from 700 films spanning works from the Lumière brothers to present day. 

Stories of Cinema continues in the Wanda Gallery on the museum’s second floor with an entry gallery featuring floor-to-ceiling projections of clips from films presented in the galleries beyond. Visitors move into the Significant Movies and Moviemakers gallery where six vignettes will showcase elements from, and the legacies of, films like Citizen Kane (1941) and Real Women Have Curves (2002), as well as movie artists Thelma Schoonmaker, Bruce Lee, Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki, and Oscar Micheaux.  

TheAcademy Awards Historygalleries begin in a circular gallery set within the second floor of the Saban Building’s iconic gold cylinder and highlights the Oscar trophies from 20 historic Oscar wins, beginning with Best Cinematography for Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) and ending with Barry Jenkins’s Best Screenplay win for Moonlight (2016). Visitors then move into a larger gallery containing a chronological walk-through of Academy Awards history from 1929 to the present, an overview of the origins of the Oscars and the Academy, memorable wins and infamous snubs, Oscars fashion, and wraparound screens showcasing significant acceptance speeches.

For the inaugural exhibition, the Director’s Inspirationgallery featuresSpike Lee, and draws from the Academy Award-winning director’s personal collection of objects, such as a guitar owned by Prince, with whom he collaborated. Informed by Spike Lee’s own account of the creative process, the gallery considers his body of work and the inspiration behind some of his most iconic titles, as well as recurring themes and collaborators.

Next, visitors will move into a space honoring the mechanics and conceptualization of a movie’s narrative, the Story gallery, which features screenplays and storyboards from seminal films including Double Indemnity (1944), Pariah (2011), Psycho (1960), and When Harry Met Sally (1989). For the opening, The Art of Moviemaking gallery will present The Wizard of Oz (1939), going behind-the-scenes to explore the many disciplines that come together to bring a single film to life—screenwriting, casting, makeup design, costume design, production design, sound design, special effects, acting, directing, producing, and more. 

Adjacent to The Art of Moviemakingare a series of galleries dedicated to components of film artistry: the Performance gallery, exploring casting and acting through screen tests, audition tapes, and casting cards; theImage gallery, a screening room featuring a montage of interviews with cinematographers, location managers, and production designers; the Sound gallery, a screening room that explores components and layers of sound design using a case study, developed by Academy Award-winning sound designer Ben Burtt, of a scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981); and the Identitygallery, which dives into the history and impact of costume, hair, and makeup artistry.

Within the Identity gallery are more than forty costumes and costume design sketches on view representing a wide swath of film history from the last century, including Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and The Wiz (1978). In addition, there is a display highlighting a single costume designer, which opens with costumes designed by Mary Zophres.

In the makeup and hairstyling section of Identity, visitors will see Rick Baker’s King Kong (1976) skin test; a section on Charlize Theron’s transformations in Monster (2003), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), and Bombshell (2019); plaster life casts for Grace Kelly, Clark Gable, Mel Brooks, and Don Cheadle; makeup charts and cards for Kirk Douglas, Marilyn Monroe, Sessue Hayakawa, and Whitney Houston; continuity references for Frida (2002) and The Joy Luck Club (1993); and a case study on Dolemite is My Name (2019). The Identity gallery will also explore examples of how hair and makeup have been used to perpetuate racial stereotypes in film.

The final gallery in the second-floor installation is Impact/Reflection, an exploration of how documentary and narrative film can ignite cultural change, structured around these four social impact areas for the opening rotation: Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, labor relations, and climate change. 

Stories of Cinema continues on the third floor in the Rolex Gallery with an installation space cocurated by a revolving roster of international film artists, beginning withInstallation: Pedro Almodóvar. The gallery features 12 screens, each featuring a significant theme or scene found within the Academy Award-winning director’s body of work. 

Inventing Worlds & Characters spans three-galleries: Animation, Effects and Encounters. The Animation gallery explores hand-drawn, stop-motion, and digital animation, and celebrates the accomplishments of the artists behind some of the world’s most beloved animated movies, including Lotte Reiniger, Tyrus Wong, Katsuhiro Ôtomo, and Pete Docter. The Effects gallery will focus on influential special effects creators the likes of Georges Méliès and will spotlight significant special and visual effects moments in movies, including Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) and Avatar (2009). The Encounters gallery looks at the artistry that brings the worlds of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror to life, featuring original set pieces, costumes, and iconic characters including C-3PO, E.T., Okoye, and Edward Scissorhands. Connected to Encounters is Behold, an original installation by Academy Award-winning sound designer Ben Burtt. This 320-degree experience presented in a cylindrical screening room chronicles the evolution of outer space and futurism in film.  

For the opening, the Composersound chamber gallery which will be dedicated to the work of a single film music composer will feature a collaboration with Academy Award-winning composer Hildur Guðnadóttir and new music specially created for the space. 

As visitors exit Stories of Cinema, they will be surrounded by thoughts from the film community that contemplate The Future of Cinema.

The Academy Museum’s inaugural temporary exhibition, Hayao Miyazaki, marks the first museum retrospective in North America dedicated to the acclaimed artist and his work. On view in the museum’s Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg Gallery, the exhibition features approximately 400 objects from each of Miyazaki’s animated feature films, including My Neighbor Totoro (1988) and the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away (2001). Visitors will travel through the filmmaker’s six-decade career via a dynamic presentation of original imageboards, character designs, storyboards, layouts, backgrounds, posters, and cels, including pieces on public view outside of Japan for the first time, as well as large-scale projections of film clips and immersive environments. 

Thematically organized in seven sections, the exhibition is designed as a journey. To enter, visitors follow four-year-old Mei, a character from My Neighbor Totoro, into the Tree Tunnel gallery, a transitional space that leads into Miyazaki’s enchanted worldsOnce inside, visitors will enter the Creating Characters gallery and meet Miyazaki’s protagonists―many of them female―and explore how they were developed from concept to creation. Visitors will then learn more about Miyazaki’s early works as an animator in the Making Of gallery, in addition to his long-term collaboration with the late Isao Takahata, with whom he founded Studio Ghibli. A special section on the Making of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)explores Miyazaki’s unique process to create films. 

Deeper into the exhibition, the Creating Worlds gallery will capture the contrast between Miyazaki’s depictions of peaceful natural environments as well as the industrial settings dominated by labor and technology that are also often featured in his movies. Visitors can view imageboards and backgrounds that offer insight into Miyazaki’s imagination and explore his fascination with complex vertical structures, such as the famous bathhouse in Spirited Away, and the underwater world of Ponyo (2008), as well as Miyazaki’s interest in flying, as seen in Porco Rosso (1992) and The Wind Rises (2013). As a highlight of the exhibition, visitors can enjoy a moment of quiet contemplation in the Sky View installation, addressing another frequent motif in Miyazaki’s filmsthe desire to reflect and dream. Visitors then enter the Transformations gallery, a moving image driven experience which introduces some of the more challenging subject matters recurring in his films such as war and pollution, before entering the immersive Magical Forestwith its Mother Tree installation. Standing at the threshold between dream and reality, colossal, mystical trees in many of Miyazaki’s films represent a connection or gateway to another world. In the forest, visitors will discover spirits appearing and disappearing and be able to read some of Miyazaki’s poetry. And finally, the exhibition concludes with Spirited Away’s Exit Portal through which visitors―accompanied by Chihiro’s footsteps—will leave the exhibition to return to the real world.

Accompanying Hayao Miyazaki will be a 288-page richly illustrated catalogue published by the Academy Museum and DelMonico Books and distributed worldwide by D.A.P. Artbook. It includes a foreword by Toshio Suzuki, essays by Pete Docter, Daniel Kothenschulte, and Jessica Niebel, and the artist’s filmography. For the length of its run, the exhibition will be supported by public programs, unique Studio Ghibli merchandise for sale at the Academy Museum Store, and film screenings in both English and Japanese in the museum’s state-of-the-art theaters.

In dialogue with the Hayao Miyazaki exhibition, the museum has installed The Pixar Toy Story 3D Zoetrope in the adjacent Warner Brothers Gallery on the fourth floor. Inspired by a similar apparatus made by Studio Ghibli, in the mid-2000s, Pixar built a giant zoetrope that featured beloved characters from the Toy Story (1995)film. They began by mounting 214 Toy Story  maquettes, each posed in a sequence of postures, on a turntable. As the table turns and strobe lights flash, the characters come to life: Woody and his horse Bullseye buck past in one direction; Buzz rolls by on a Pixar ball in the other; Jesse the cowgirl, from Toy Story 2, dances inside a lasso; and army men parachute from the sky as three-eyed aliens wave and play.  

The Path to Cinema: Highlights from the Richard Balzer Collection is located in the LAIKA Gallery on the third floor. The exhibition of what is widely considered to be the world’s foremost collection of pre-cinematic optical toys and devices, it will explore the long history of visual entertainment that led to the invention of cinema, from shadow play, peep shows, magic lanterns, zoetropes, and praxinoscopes, to the Cinématographe Lumière, the world’s first successful film projector. Visitors to this exhibition will experience these marvelous inventions firsthand and take in the wonders of a magic lantern show created specifically for this exhibition.

The dramatic, 34-foot double-height Hurd Gallery will debut the exhibition Backdrop: An Invisible Art, which introduces visitors to the history of the Hollywood backdrop and spotlights a monumental backdrop painting—the iconic Mt. Rushmore backing from Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest (1959)—considering both its artistry and its contested imagery.  The backdrop was created by scenic artists George Gibson, Ben Carré, Wayne Hill, Clark Provins, Harry Tepker, Al Londraville, and Duncan Spencer in 1958, and was stored for many decades at J.C. Backings Corporation before it was gifted to the Academy Museum.

Finally, The Oscars® Experience in the East West Gallery creates an immersive environment to simulate the thrilling experience of walking onto the stage at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre to accept an Oscar.

Architectural Design
Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Pianoand Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Gensler as executive architect, the 300,000-square-foot Academy Museum at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue combines two contrasting structures: the renovated and expanded May Company building, a 1939 Streamline Moderne landmark now renamed the Saban Building in honor of benefactors Cheryl and Haim Saban, and a soaring new glass-and-concrete spherical building.

The 250,000-square-foot Saban Building houses the Fairfax Avenue entrance and Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby, the museum’s exhibition galleries, the 288-seat Ted Mann Theater, Shirley Temple Education Studio, Debbie Reynolds Conservation Studio, Fanny’s restaurant and café, and the Academy Museum Store. The 45,000-square-foot sphere building houses the 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater and the Dolby Family Terrace.

Visitors may access the Sphere Building from the Saban Building via the Casey Wasserman Bridge at mezzanine level which crosses over to the David Geffen Theater and the Barbra Streisand Bridge on the fifth floor which crosses over to the Dolby Family Terrace. Standing outside the northern entrance to the museum, at the base of the sphere, is The Walt Disney Company Piazza. The piazza is enlivened with landscaping designed by artist Robert Irwin and features dwarf southern magnolia trees and karo shrubs, California fan palms, vinca minor, Mexican fan palms, and jacaranda trees.

The Academy Museum’s building has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Curatorial Team and Credits
Stories of Cinema is organized by Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Director and President Bill Kramer, Senior Director of Curatorial Affairs Doris Berger, Exhibitions Curator Jenny He, and Assistant Curators J. Raúl Guzmán, Dara Jaffe, Ana Santiago, and Sophia Serrano, with support from Research Assistants Esme Douglas and Manouchka Labouba, the Academy Museum Inclusion Advisory Committee, and the Academy Branch Task Forces. The exhibition is presented by PWC. Major funding is provided by Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman. Generous support provided by Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Ruderman Family Foundation, FotoKem, Barbara Roisman Cooper and Martin M. Cooper, Jocelyn R. Katz, John Ptak and Margaret Black, Lauren Shuler Donner, Randy E. Haberkamp, Kevin McCormick and A. Scott Berg, and John and Lacey Williams. Technology solutions are generously provided by Panasonic and Sony Electronics Inc. Stories of Cinema is powered by Dolby. Academy Museum digital engagement platform sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies. 

Hayao Miyazaki is presented by the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in collaboration with Studio Ghibli. It is organized by Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Exhibition Curator Jessica Niebel and Assistant Curator J. Raúl Guzmán. Technology solutions generously provided by Christie®, and major support comes from the Arthur and Gwen Hiller Memorial Fund. This exhibition also is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture. In-kind airfare provided by All Nippon Airways. Special thanks to the Japan Foundation for their partnership.

Academy Museum film programs are organized by Bernardo Rondeau, Associate Curator and Head of Film Programs, and Robert Reneau, Film Program Coordinator. Education and Public Programs are led by Amy Homma, Director of Education and Public Programs; Eduardo Sanchez, Manager of Public Programs; and Julia Velasquez, Manager of Youth Programs. Gary Dauphin is Associate Curator of Digital Presentations, and Shari Frilot is guest curator for new technology and expanded cinema.

The Path to Cinema: Highlights from the Richard Balzer Collection is organized by Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Exhibitions Curator Jessica Niebel and Assistant Curator Ana Santiago. The Richard Balzer Collection is a gift to the Academy Museum and the Margaret Herrick Library from Patricia Bellinger Balzer.

Backdrop: An Invisible Art is organized by Senior Director of Curatorial Affairs Doris Berger and Collections Curator Nathalie Morris with support from advisors Cecelia Fire Thunder, Karen L. Maness, John Pohl, Tom Walsh, and Robert M. Yellow Hair.

The Oscars® Experience is powered by Dolby.

Support for the Academy Museum
The Academy Museum launched its pre-opening campaign in 2012 and in November 2020 announced that it had exceeded the goal of $388 million.

Individuals, corporations, and foundations  that have made leadership gifts include Cheryl and Haim Saban (Saban Building), David Geffen Foundation (David Geffen Theater), Rolex (Rolex Gallery), Dalian Wanda Group (the Wanda Gallery), Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation in honor of Sid Ganis, Dolby Laboratories/Family of Ray Dolby (Dolby Family Terrace), The Walt Disney Company (Walt Disney Company Piazza), Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg (Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg Gallery), Steven Spielberg (Spielberg Family Gallery), Patricia Bellinger Balzer, Shirley Temple Black and Family (Shirley Temple Education Studio), East West Bank (East West Bank Gallery), Gale Anne Hurd (Hurd Gallery), Bob Iger and Willow Bay (Bob Iger and Willow Bay Terrace), LAIKA (LAIKA Gallery), Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios, NBCUniversal, Netflix (Netflix Terrace), Participant, Cecilia DeMille Presley (Cecil B. DeMille Founders Room), PwC (for Stories of Cinema), Richard Roth, Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman (Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman Terrace), The Simms/Mann Family Foundation (Ted Mann Theater), Jeff Skoll, Wendy Stark of The Fran and Ray Stark Foundation, Barbra Streisand (Barbra Streisand Bridge), Steve Tisch (Steve Tisch Terrace), Warner Bros. (Warner Bros. Gallery), Wasserman Foundation (Wasserman Bridge), and Wolfgang Puck Catering. The Academy Museum’s digital engagement platform is sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies.  

Donors to the Pillar Campaign, co-chaired by museum trustees Laura Dern and Kimberly Steward, which names the support columns in the Saban Building, include the William Anderson Family; Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson; Bob Iger and Willow Bay; Barbra Streisand; the Ron Meyer Family; Kimberly Steward, in honor of Hattie McDaniel; NBCUniversal; the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation; AMBI; Lionsgate; MGM; Panavision; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment; 20th Century Fox; Viacom; Lauren and Jason Blum; Participant Media, from Jeff Skoll; Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas, through the Morf Foundation; the Katie McGrath and J.J. Abrams Family Foundation; Cinépolis; Lexus; Gaumont; Sophia Loren (funded by Regina Scully); Alice Guy-Blaché (funded by Impact Partners); Julia and Ken Gouw, in honor of Miyoshi Umeki; and the Oneida Indian Nation, New York, in honor of Native American musician and advocate Buffy Sainte-Marie.

A post-opening campaign to raise new endowment, programming, operating, and capital funds is being planned.

Visiting the Academy Museum
Tickets to the Academy Museum are available only through advance online reservations via the Academy Museum’s website and mobile app.  General admission tickets for the Museum’s exhibitions are $25 for adults, $19 for seniors (age 62+), and $15 for students. Admission for visitors ages 17 and younger and California residents with an EBT card is free. Advance timed entrance for the The Oscars® Experience is available to general admission visitors via a separate $15 ticket. A general admission ticket is required to access The Oscars® Experience.

The Academy Museum’s inaugural public programs and film screening series will also be available for registration via the app. Tickets for film screenings and public programs are sold separately and do not require general admission to the museum. Tickets will be available only through advance online reservations via the Academy Museum’s website. Film screening tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (age 62+), $5 for college students, $5 for children (age 17 and younger), and $8 for Museum Members. Public and education program tickets range from free with admission to $20 for adults.

About the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures 
The Academy Museum is the largest institution in the United States devoted to the arts, sciences, and artists of moviemaking. The museum advances the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the museum’s campus contains the restored and revitalized historic Saban Building—formerly known as the May Company building (1939)—and a soaring spherical addition. Together, these buildings contain 50,000 square feet of exhibition spaces, two state-of-the-art theaters, an education studio, restaurant, retail store, and beautiful public spaces. The museum opens to the public on September 30, 2021.

Academy Museum Dedicates Grand Lobby To Film Legend Sir Sidney L. Poitier.

Los Angeles, August 30, 2021 – Bill Kramer, Director and President of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, today announced that the new museum, opening in Los Angeles on September 30, is naming its 10,000-square-foot lobby in honor of the legendary actor, film director, producer, and humanitarian Sir Sidney L. Poitier. The naming of the Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby was made possible through a campaign supported by Ambassador Nicole Avant and Co-CEO of Netflix and Chair of the Academy Museum Board of Trustees Ted Sarandos, the Perenchio Foundation, Tyler Perry, and Oprah Winfrey, with major gifts from Patrick and Michele Soon-Shiong, among additional donors.

“It is an incredible honor to name our grand lobby—the nucleus of the Academy Museum—in celebration of Sir Sidney Poitier, whose legacy of humanitarian efforts and groundbreaking artistry continues to inspire us all,” said Bill Kramer. “We are deeply thankful to everyone who supported this campaign, and to Sidney, his wife Joanna Shimkus Poitier, and their entire family for allowing us this great privilege.”

Joanna Shimkus Poitier said, “Sidney’s tremendous impact on the motion picture industry, and on audiences around the world, is inseparable from the story of his longstanding, collegial relationship with the Academy. Sidney has always taken great pride in the Academy’s recognition of his work. To be honored now as the namesake of the Academy Museum’s lobby, the place of access to everything that lies within, is almost like receiving a second Oscar® for lifetime achievement.”

Sir Sidney Poitier made his screen debut in the 1950 film No Way Out, an American film noir which was among the first Hollywood movies to directly address the subject of racism. Poitier went on to become a celebrated actor known for his roles in The Defiant Ones (1958, which earned him his first Oscar nomination), Porgy and Bess (1959), A Raisin in the Sun (1961), A Patch of Blue (1965), In the Heat of the Night (1967), To Sir, with Love (1967) and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967). He has also directed nine feature films.

Among the many honors and awards for his work, Poitier won an Academy Award® for Best Actor for Lilies of the Field (1963), becoming the first Black winner of a Best Actor Oscar. In 2001 he received an Academy Honorary Award, presented by Denzel Washington, “in recognition of his remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human being.” In 1974, Queen Elizabeth II named Poitier an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In 1995 he received a Kennedy Center Honor and in 2009 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. Poitier’s Best Actor Oscar as well as his acceptance speech are featured in the Academy Museum’s core exhibition, Stories of Cinema.

Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the Poitier Lobby occupies the entire first floor of the restored and revitalized landmark Saban Building—formerly known as the May Company building (1939)—from Wilshire Boulevard at the South to the dramatic Walt Disney Company Piazza at the North. With its 24-foot ceilings and open, modern design, the Poitier Lobby serves as the heart for all museum activities. From this central hub, visitors can move to the galleries and theaters, stop for a drink or a meal at Fanny’s, or enjoy shopping at the Academy Museum Store. The Museum’s core exhibition Stories of Cinema, which stretches across three floors of the Saban Building, begins on the ground floor in the Poitier Lobby’s soaring Spielberg Family Gallery, which is always open to the public free of charge. Within the Spielberg Family Gallery visitors can stroll through a rapid immersion into the history of film, as seen through images playing on multiple hanging screens.
 
About the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures 
The Academy Museum is the largest institution in the United States devoted to the arts, sciences, and artists of moviemaking. The museum advances the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the museum’s campus contains the restored and revitalized historic Saban Building—formerly known as the May Company building (1939)—and a soaring spherical addition. Together, these buildings contain 50,000 square feet of exhibition spaces, two state-of-the-art theaters, an education studio, restaurant, retail store, and beautiful public spaces. The museum opens to the public on September 30, 2021.

ACADEMY BOARD OF GOVERNORS 2021-2022 OFFICERS ELECTED, DAVID RUBIN RE-ELECTED ACADEMY PRESIDENT.

LOS ANGELES, CA – Casting director David Rubin was re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the organization’s Board of Governors.

Also elected to officer positions by the Board:

• DeVon Franklin, Vice President (chair, Equity and Inclusion Committee)
• Donna Gigliotti, Vice President/Secretary (chair, Governance Committee)
• Larry Karaszewski, Vice President (chair, History and Preservation Committee)
• David Linde, Vice President/Treasurer (chair, Finance Committee)
• Isis Mussenden, Vice President (chair, Museum Committee)
• Wynn P. Thomas, Vice President (chair, Education and Outreach Committee)
• Jennifer Todd, Vice President (chair, Awards Committee)
• Janet Yang, Vice President (chair, Membership Committee)

Rubin is beginning his third term as president and his ninth year as a governor representing the Casting Directors Branch.  Karaszewski, Mussenden, Thomas and Yang were re-elected as officers.  This will be the first officer stint for Franklin, Gigliotti, Linde and Todd.

With more than 100 film and television credits, Rubin has cast such features as “The English Patient,” “Men in Black,” “Hairspray,” “Lars and the Real Girl,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Get Shorty,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet,” “Spaceballs,” “Fried Green Tomatoes” and “The Firm.”

Academy board members may serve up to two three-year terms, followed by at least a two-year hiatus, after which they may serve up to two additional three-year terms.  Officers serve one-year terms, with a maximum of four consecutive years in any one office.

The number of officer positions increased to nine this year with the addition of the Equity and Inclusion Committee and the separation of Membership and Governance into two committees.

For a full listing of the Academy’s 2021-2022 Board of Governors, click here

BOARD OF GOVERNORS

The Board of Governors directs the Academy’s strategic vision, preserves the organization’s financial health and assures the fulfillment of its mission.

Governors attend 6-8 board meetings annually (in person or by video conference when out of town). Each Governor also serves on one board oversight committee and their branch’s executive committee, and they are expected to represent their branch at numerous Academy events through the year.

Governors have fiduciary responsibilities imposed by state law to serve the Academy’s best interests, by acting with responsibility and care when approving annual goals presented by management, as well as major policies concerning governance.

CEO Dawn Hudson oversees a staff of more than 400 who conduct the Academy’s day-to-day business.

OFFICERS 2021 – 2022

David Rubin

PRESIDENT – DAVID RUBIN – Mr. Rubin’s career as a casting director includes more than 90 motion pictures, including “The English Patient,” “Men in Black,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” and “Lars and the Real Girl.” In 2002, he received the Casting Society of America’s Hoyt Bowers Award for outstanding contribution to the casting profession. Mr. Rubin is a governor of the Casting Directors Branch.

Donna Gigliotti

VICE PRESIDENT / SECRETARY – DONNA GIGLIOTTI – Ms. Gigliotti is one of only nine women to win an Academy Award for Best Picture. She received the 1998 Oscar for producing “Shakespeare In Love.” She received three additional Academy Award nominations for Best Picture: “Hidden Figures” (2016), “Silver Linings Playbook” (2013), and “The Reader”(2008). She is President of Tempesta Films, a film production company based in New York. Ms. Gigliotti is a governor of the Executives Branch.

David Linde

VICE PRESIDENT / TREASURER – DAVID LINDE – Mr. Linde is Chief Executive Officer at Participant. He has held executive, founder, and producer roles at Lava Bear Films, Universal Pictures, Focus Features, and Good Machine. He also received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture for “Arrival” in 2017. Mr. Linde is a governor of the Executives Branch.

DEVON FRANKLIN

VICE PRESIDENT – DEVON FRANKLIN – Mr. Franklin, a member of the Executives Branch, is the former SVP of Production for Columbia Pictures Entertainment and now runs his own production company, Franklin Entertainment. He has produced the hit films “Breakthrough,” “The Star,” and “Miracles from Heaven.” He is also a New York Times bestselling author and minister. Mr. Franklin is a Governor-at-Large.

Larry Karaszewski

VICE PRESIDENT – LARRY KARASZEWSKI – Mr. Karaszewski is best known for unusual true stories written in tandem with Scott Alexander. Their feature film credits include the Oscar-winning “Ed Wood,” “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” “Man on the Moon,” “Big Eyes,” and “Dolemite is My Name.” Mr. Karaszewski is co-chair of the International Feature Film category. He won the Emmy, Golden Globe, PGA and WGA Award for “The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” Mr. Karaszewski is a governor of the Writers Branch.

VICE PRESIDENT – ISIS MUSSENDEN – Ms. Mussenden’s credits include “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe” (and two additional sequels), “American Psycho,” and “The Wolverine.” In addition, she was the first costume designer to receive costume-design credit for animation: “Shrek,” “Shrek 2,” and “Puss in Boots.” Ms. Mussenden is a governor of the Costume Designers Branch.

Wynn P. Thomas

VICE PRESIDENT – WYNN P. THOMAS – Mr. Thomas’ credits include “Hidden Figures,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “Cinderella Man,” “Mars Attacks!,” “Malcolm X,” and “Do the Right Thing.” Mr. Thomas is a governor of the Production Design Branch.

Jennifer Todd

VICE PRESIDENT – JENNIFER TODD – Ms. Todd produced the double Oscar-winning film “Alice in Wonderland” and the Oscar-nominated films “Memento” and “Across the Universe.” She recently produced the Emmy-nominated 89th and 90th Annual Academy Awards. Ms. Todd is a governor of the Producers Branch.

Janet Yang

VICE PRESIDENT – JANET YANG – Ms. Yang, a member of the Producers Branch, began her career in China in distribution. Her extensive film and TV producing credits include “The Joy Luck Club,” “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” “Shanghai Calling,” “High Crimes,” “Dark Matter,” “Zero Effect,” and the Oscar-nominated animated film, “Over the Moon.” She won an Emmy for the HBO film, “Indictment: The McMartin Trial.” Ms. Yang is a Governor-at-Large.

Dawn Hudson

CEO – DAWN HUDSONPrior to becoming the Academy’s CEO in 2011, Ms. Hudson was the Executive Director of Film Independent, which grew from a small non-profit into a nationally recognized arts institution under her leadership.  She has worked in the arts for more than 25 years.

For a full listing of the Academy’s 2021-2022 Board of Governors, click here.  

ABOUT THE ACADEMY
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Academy Museum Announces Inaugural In-Person Programming Schedule. OPENING DAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2021 – FEATURES TWO SCREENINGS OF THE WIZARD OF OZ, WITH LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT BY THE AMERICAN YOUTH SYMPHONY.

ACADEMY MUSEUM OF MOTION PICTURES ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL IN-PERSON PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE, WITH OVER 115 SCREENINGS AND PROGRAMS PRESENTED DURING THE MUSEUM’S FIRST THREE OPENING MONTHS.

OPENING DAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2021, FEATURES TWO SCREENINGS OF THE WIZARD OF OZ, WITH LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT BY THE AMERICAN YOUTH SYMPHONY.

VIRTUAL PROGRAMS, INCLUDING A SPECIAL DISCUSSION WITH SPIKE LEE AND SHAKA KING AND A SPECIALSCREENING OF Y TU MAMÁ TAMBIÉN WITH ALFONSO CUARÓN ANDEMMANUEL LUBEZKI, CONTINUE IN THE LEAD UP TO OPENING DAY.

Los Angeles, CA, July 21, 2021The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures today announced its schedule of inaugural in-person screenings and public programs, which will begin on September 30 when the museum opens. The Academy Museum is the largest institution in the United States devoted to exploring the art and science of movies and moviemaking.


During the first three months of the Academy Museum’s opening, the museum will offer the public a robust, dynamic, and diverse slate of over 115 film screenings, discussions, and programs for film lovers of all ages, beginning with two special presentations of The Wizard of Oz (USA, 1939) featuring live musical accompaniment by the American Youth Symphony conducted by Academy Award®-nominated composer David Newman.

Other highlights of the museum’s first few months of in-person programming include the launch of ongoing series

  • Stories of Cinema: featuring screenings of films highlighted in the museum’s core exhibition, including Real Women Have Curves (USA, 2002) and The Way of the Dragon (Hong Kong, 1972).
  • Oscar® Sundays: held every Sunday evening in the David Geffen Theater, this series celebrates films that have been honored at the Academy Awards®. For the series’ first iteration, we are celebrating the work of women directors, including Harlan County, U.S.A. (USA, 1976) and Seven Beauties (Italy, 1975).
  • Family Matinees: held every Saturday for families of all ages, screenings will include Moana (USA, 2016), The Book of Life (USA, 2014), and Labyrinth (UK/USA, 1986).
  • Legacy: launching with a discussion between Laura Dern and her parents Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd.
  • In Conversation: launching with a discussion of how to contextualize cinema, featuring producers Effie T. Brown and Heather Rae.

Special series and standalone screenings for our opening months include:

  • Malcolm X in 70mm: a screening for Academy Museum Members of the seminal film, with special guests Spike Lee and Denzel Washington.
  • Oscar® Frights: featuring screenings of Oscar®-winning and nominated horror films, including Get Out (USA, 2017) and Psycho (USA, 1960).
  • Hayao Miyazaki: in conjunction with the Academy Museum’s landmark exhibition on Hayao Miyazaki, the Academy Museum will screen the filmmaker’s complete body of work as a feature director, including My Neighbor Totoro (Japan, 1988) and Spirited Away (Japan, 2001).
  • Imperfect Journey: Haile Gerima and His Comrades: following honoring Haile Gerima at the Academy Museum Opening Gala, the museum is thrilled to present this series focused on Haile Gerima’s work as a director and the work of some of his mentees and comrades, including Malik Sayeed, Bradford Young, and Arthur Jafa.
  • Sound Off: A Celebration of Women Composers: in honor of the Academy Museum’s gallery created with composer Hildur Guðnadóttir, Sound Off will feature screenings of films scored by women composers, including Joker (USA, 2019), scored by Guðnadóttir and Tron (USA, 1982), scored by Wendy Carlos.
  • Retrospectives of films by Jane Campion and Satyajit Ray, the latter of which draws from the Academy Film Archive’s rich holdings of Ray’s films.
  • Beyond the Icon: Anna May Wong: which celebrates the early film star’s work and legacy and includes screenings of Piccadilly (UK, 1929) and Shanghai Express (USA, 1932).
  • Special screenings, including the 20th anniversary of Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (Canada, 2001).

Virtual programs will continue leading up to the museum’s opening, including a conversation with Oscar®-winning writer-director Spike Lee and writer-director-producer Shaka King, and a 20th Anniversary screening of Y tu mamá también (Mexico, 2001)with a conversation between cinematographer Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki and writer-director Alfonso Cuarón, both recipients of multiple Oscars®.
 
Bill Kramer, Director and President of the Academy Museum, said, “We are delighted to share details of our opening in-person screenings and programs. Over the last several months, the programming and education teams have done an incredible job of creating a series of robust and dynamic virtual programs. We continue these through September, highlighting the work of Anna May Wong, Spike Lee, Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki and Alfonso Cuarón, and then launch our in-person public programs with two screenings of The Wizard of Oz with a live orchestra. As with all of our exhibitions and initiatives, we are committed to showcasing the diverse art and artists of moviemaking in our theaters and educational spaces.”

Jacqueline Stewart, Chief Artistic and Programming Officer of the Academy Museum, said, “Presenting films and thoughtful educational programs that feature moviemakers is at the heart of our work to share the art and science of cinema, a mission that extends beyond and complements the exhibitions on view in the museum’s galleries. The museum’s schedule of opening programs illustrates the ways the Academy Museum will explore wide-ranging topics in film history while serving as a catalyst for new dialogues inspired by cinema and moviemaking.”

Future programs launching in early 2022 include screenings of the works of Spike Lee and Pedro Almodóvar; masterpieces from the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema; Branch Selects—Academy Member-curated screenings that delve into different craft and scientific areas of film production; and much more.

In addition, education and family programs will be ongoing at the Academy Museum. Programs will take place throughout the museum in exhibition galleries, theaters, and the Shirley Temple Education Studio, and will include teen programs, family studio activities, family matinee screenings, and school tours. Accommodative tours for our hard of hearing and deaf communities, and low vision and blind communities will be offered monthly as well as accommodative family film screenings for neurodivergent viewers. Family public programs will kick off with Community Days planned for October and November and a full schedule of family matinees may be accessed here.

The museum’s inaugural programs are made possible by the kind support of donors including Richard Roth Cinema-Arts Fund, Participant, Eric and Melina Esrailian, Dr. Kathy Fields and Dr. Garry Rayant in honor of Sid and Nancy Ganis, Julia and Ken Gouw, Ruderman Family Foundation, Gigi Pritzker, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Jacob Andreou and Carly Steel, Esther Chui-Chao, Robert and Miryam Knutson, Dr. Peter Lam Kin Ngok of Media Asia Group Holdings Limited and Televisa-Univision. Generous support is also provided by Istituto Luce Cinecittà.

Tickets to film screenings and public programs will be available for purchase on the Academy Museum’s website starting August 5, 2021 at 9am PDT.  

You can see the full schedule of the Academy Museum’s film screenings and public and educational programs here.

The Academy Museum’s film programming is organized by Bernardo Rondeau, Senior Director, Film Programs; Kiva Reardon, Film Programmer; Robert Reneau, Specialist, Film Programs; and Hyesung ii, Coordinator. The Academy Museum’s Public and Educational programming is organized by Amy Homma, Senior Director Education & Public Engagement; Julia Velasquez, Manager, Youth Programs; Eduardo Sanchez, Manager, Public Programs; Stephanie Samera, Manager, In-Gallery programs; Lohanne Cook, Public Program Specialist; and Caitlin Manocchio, Education Department Coordinator.

SCREENINGS AND PROGRAMS: CALENDAR

July 22–August 5 | Virtual Program – Film Screening + Discussion: Piccadilly

September 7, 6pm | Virtual Program – Spike Lee and Shaka King, In Conversation

September 16, 5pm |Virtual Program – Y tu mamá también 20th Anniversary

September 26 | Malcolm X in 70mm―for Academy Museum Members 

September 30, 2pm and 7:30pm | A Symphonic Night at the Movies: The Wizard of Oz with Orchestra

October 1, 6pm | Contextualizing Cinema: Effie T. Brown and the Academy Museum’s Inclusion Advisory Committee

October 2–November 14 | Imperfect Journey:  Haile Gerima and His Comrades

October 2–November 27 | Family Matinees

October 3–31 | Oscar® Frights!

October 30 and November 27 | ASL Tours: Stories of Cinema

October 5–November 27 | Hayao Miyazaki

October 6–November 25 | Sound Off:  A Celebration of Women Composers

October 8–November 26 | Stories of Cinema

October 16, 6pm | Legacy Conversation: Laura Dern with Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern

October 30 | Calm Mornings + Accommodative screening of The Book of Life

October 24 and November 21 | Visual Description Tours: Stories of Cinema

October 31 | Halloween Transformations Community Day

November 7–28 | Oscar® Sundays

November 4–23 | You Oughta Know:  The Films of Jane Campion

November 22-30| Satyajit Ray: 1955-1968

November 13–27 | Beyond the Icon: Anna May Wong

November 15 | 20th Anniversary Screening of Atanarjuat:  The Fast Runner

November 21 | Sound and Music Community Day

REGISTRATION AND TICKETING FOR FILM SCREENINGS AND PROGRAMS
Tickets for film screenings and public programs are sold separately and do not require general admission to the museum. All tickets will be available beginning August 5. Tickets will be available only through advance online reservations via the Academy Museum’s website.

Film screening tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (age 62+), $5 for college students, $5 for children (age 17 and younger), and $8 for Museum Members.

Public and education program tickets range from free with admission to $20 for adults.

General admission tickets for the museum’s exhibitions—Stories of CinemaHayao MiyazakiThe Path to Cinema: Highlights from the Richard Balzer Collection , and Backdrop: An Invisible Art—are $25 for adults, $19 for seniors (age 62+), and $15 for students. Admission for Museum Members, visitors ages 17 and younger, and California residents with an EBT card will be freeFree admission for visitors ages 17 and younger is made possible by a gift from the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation, in honor of Academy Museum Honorary Trustee Sid Ganis.

The Oscars® Experience—an immersive simulation that enables guests to feel as if they are walking onto the stage at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and accepting an Oscar®—will be accessed via a separate $15 ticket. A general admission ticket is required to access The Oscars® Experience.

Museum Members will receive complimentary general admission for unlimited visits and priority admission. Visitors can learn more about membership benefits, which include a 10% discount in the Academy Museum Store, exclusive members-only advance film screenings, and access to a ticket presale, by visiting the museum’s website.

The museum will require visitors to follow all current COVID-19 public health guidelines by the state of California and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health in place at the time of their visit.


About the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures 
The Academy Museum is the largest institution in the United States devoted to the arts, sciences, and artists of moviemaking. The museum advances the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the museum’s campus contains the restored and revitalized historic Saban Building—formerly known as the May Company building (1939)—and a soaring spherical addition. Together, these buildings contain 50,000 square feet of exhibition spaces, two state-of-the-art theaters, Shirley Temple Education Studio, and beautiful public spaces that are free and open to the public. These include: The Walt Disney Company Piazza and the Academy Museum Grand Lobby, which houses the Spielberg Family Gallery, Academy Museum Store, and Fanny’s restaurant and café. The Academy Museum exhibition galleries will be open seven days a week, with hours Sunday through Thursday from 10am to 6pm and Friday and Saturday from 10am to 8pm. The museum opens to the public on September 30, 2021.

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Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Announces Ticketing, Hours, and Visitor Information.

ACADEMY MUSEUM OF MOTION PICTURES ANNOUNCES  TICKETING, HOURS, AND VISITOR INFORMATION ADVANCE TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLINE AND ON  THE MUSEUM’S NEW APP, BEGINNING AUGUST 5 AT 9AM PDT OPENING SEPTEMBER 30 TO THE PUBLIC, THE ACADEMY MUSEUM  WILL BE OPEN SEVEN DAYS EVERY WEEK.

LOS ANGELES, CA, July 7, 2021—The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures announced today that timed advance admission tickets will be available beginning August 5, 2021 at 9am PDT at academymuseum.org and on the museum’s new app for iOS and Android. Opening on September 30, 2021 in Los Angeles, the new museum will be the largest institution in the United States devoted to exploring the art and science of movies and moviemaking.

“I know everyone involved in developing and opening the Academy Museum shares in my tremendous excitement at finally being able to invite the community in to explore our exhibitions and programs,” said Bill Kramer, Director and President of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. “We are deeply grateful to all of our supporters who helped to bring us to this milestone and to the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation, whose support in honor of Academy Museum Honorary Trustee Sid Ganis has made it possible for us to offer free admission to visitors 17 and under.”

General admission tickets for the museum’s exhibitions—Stories of CinemaHayao MiyazakiThe Path to Cinema: Highlights from the Richard Balzer Collection , and Backdrop: An Invisible Art—will be $25 for adults, $19 for seniors (age 62+), and $15 for students. Admission for visitors ages 17 and younger and California residents with an EBT card will be free.The Oscars® Experience—an immersive simulation that enables guests to feel as if they are walking onto the stage at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and accepting an Oscar®—will be accessed via a separate $15 ticket. A general admission ticket is required to access The Oscars ® Experience.

Museum members will receive complimentary general admission for unlimited visits and priority admission. Visitors can learn more about membership benefits, which include a 10% discount in the Academy Museum Store, exclusive members-only advance film screenings, and access to a ticket presale, by visiting the museum’s website.

Tickets will only be available through advance online reservations via the Academy Museum’s website and the museum’s new app, which is launching August 3. The museum’s public spaces are all accessible to visitors without a general admission ticket. These include: the Walt Disney Piazza and the Academy Museum Grand Lobby, which houses the Spielberg Family Gallery, Academy Museum Store, and Fanny’s restaurant and café.

The Academy Museum will be open seven days a week, with hours Sunday through Thursday from 10am to 6pm (The Oscars® Experience tickets will be available these days from 9am to 7pm) and Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 8pm (The Oscars® Experience tickets will be available these days from 9am to 9pm).  The museum will require visitors to follow all current COVID-19 public health guidelines by the state of California and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health in place at the time of their visit.

This summer, the Academy Museum will announce its inaugural public programs, film screening series, and how to register for these events. Details about the museum’s app, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, will be announced as well.

Directions and Parking
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is located at 6067 Wilshire Boulevard (at the corner of Fairfax) in the Miracle Mile district of Los Angeles. The museum’s Roddenberry Lane offers a convenient rideshare drop-off and taxi access point located at the museum’s Fairfax Avenue entrance. Bike racks are available on the museum’s campus. The Academy Museum is accessible by various bus routes (see metro.net ). The Purple Line Wilshire/Fairfax Metro station is scheduled to open by 2023. Public parking for the Academy Museum is available nearby at LACMA’s Pritzker Parking Garage (off 6th Street), at the Petersen Automotive Museum (just south of Wilshire Boulevard), and at other parking garages in the area.

About the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures 
The Academy Museum is the largest institution in the United States devoted to the arts, sciences, and artists of moviemaking. The museum advances the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the museum’s campus contains the restored and revitalized historic Saban Building—formerly known as the May Company building (1939)—and a soaring spherical addition. Together, these buildings contain 50,000 square feet of exhibition spaces, two state-of-the-art theaters, an education studio, restaurant, retail store, and beautiful public spaces. The museum opens to the public on September 30, 2021

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Store Announces Collaborations and Merchandise Details ahead of Sept. 30,2021 opening.

ACADEMY MUSEUM STORE OPENS SEPTEMBER 30, 2021

RETAIL COLLABORATIONS PLANNED WITH ACADEMY MEMBERS, LOS ANGELES-BASED ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS, AND OTHER CINEMATIC PARTNERS

COSTUME DESIGNER ARIANNE PHILLIPS ANNOUNCED AS CREATIVE DIRECTOR
OF CAPSULE COLLECTION INSPIRED BY THE WIZARD OF OZ

LOS ANGELES, CA, JUNE 10, 2021Bill Kramer, Director and President of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, today revealed plans for the Academy Museum Store, which will open to the public and launch online in tandem with the museum’s opening on September 30, 2021. The 2,600-square-foot retail space, located on the first floor of the Saban Building, has entrances in the Academy Museum Grand Lobby and on Wilshire Boulevard.

The Academy Museum Store will feature merchandise designed and produced exclusively for the store, Oscars® memorabilia, and other film-related items. Visitors will find clothing, furniture, accessories, vinyl records, items for the office and home, posters, maps, illustrations, toys, games, and other movie-related collectibles. In addition, the Academy Museum Store will offer the most comprehensive collection of cinema books and catalogues in Los Angeles. The store will offer items for visitors of all ages.

“The Academy Museum is committed to showcasing the diverse and inclusive stories of the art and artists of moviemaking, and this ethos extends to our Academy Museum Store. We are honored to be working with so many brilliantly talented Academy Members who are complementing their cinematic work by designing and developing exceptional one-of-a-kind items for the store,” said Kramer. “We also are thrilled to be working with so many dynamic, diverse and inspiring Los Angeles- and California-based partners on the creation of merchandise and collectibles. These collaborations, along with our unparalleled selection of books and catalogues on cinema, will offer to visitors a retail experience unlike any other.”

Befitting its location in the heart of Los Angeles, the moviemaking capital of the world, the Academy Museum Store is proud to partner with many Los Angeles- and California-based artists, designers, and creatives to produce merchandise specifically for the store, including:

  • Amoeba Music: a selection of vinyl film scores and soundtracks curated by the iconic West Coast music and movie indie retailer   
  • Brain Dead x The Jim Henson Company: a co-branded collection of apparel and accessories inspired by The Dark Crystal
  • Flores Lane: a handmade line of luxury candles inspired by film genres, with scents designed to evoke the feeling of period pieces and sci-fi fantasy, among others
  • Konstantin Kakanias: merchandise collection comprising accessories and stationery, and a puzzle featuring a bespoke map of Los Angeles made exclusively for the store
  • Susan Kare: an assortment of apparel, accessories, housewares, and stationery featuring bitmap icons inspired by collection highlights from the museum
  • Modernica x Studio Ghibli: limited edition chairs celebrating the fantastical worlds and characters from Hayao Miyazaki’s films
  • Wayne Perry: a collection of handmade ceramic vases and planters inspired by the Saban Building’s iconic gold cylinder facade, along with a capsule of film-inspired pieces
  • Poketo: a line of houseware, stationery, and accessories, using artwork inspired by the Academy Museum collection and infused with the Poketo design and aesthetic
  • Wolfum: a collection of home décor that will include trays, bookends, and coasters

The Academy Museum’s exhibitions, screenings, and public and educational programs are being developed with the expertise of Academy members—film artists and professionals who are leaders in their craft and industry areas. The Academy Museum Store is amplifying these partnerships by working with Academy Members to create items exclusively for the store:

  • Costume designer Ruth E. Carter, with Black Panther jewelry designer Douriean Fletcher, has created a jewelry line developed from the original gold-glass mosaic tiles from the museum’s iconic gold cylinder
  • Production and conceptual designer I. Javier Ameijeiras is designing a series of illustrations for use on museum merchandise
  • Graphic design agency Gravillis, founded by Kenny Gravillis, is creating a series of exclusive film posters
  • Spike Lee and his team from 40 Acres and a Mule are presenting a line of items designed in conjunction with the Director’s Inspiration gallery in the museum’s Stories of Cinema exhibition, which features some of Lee’s personal collection items for its first rotation

The Academy Museum is honored to work with Academy member and costume designer Arianne Phillips (Once Upon a Time…in HollywoodWalk the Line), who is serving as the creative director of a limited edition clothing collection inspired by The Wizard of Oz. Phillips, along with fellow Academy Members and costume designers Arjun Bhasin (Life of Pi, Monsoon Wedding), Sharen Davis (Dreamgirls, Ray), and Sandy Powell (The Favourite, Orlando), are designing T-shirts inspired by the iconic film. Phillips is also partnering with fashion designer Jeremy Scott to design a bespoke capsule collection of clothing and accessories also based on The Wizard of Oz that will be produced by Moschino. All these pieces will be sold exclusively at the Academy Museum Store.

Phillips said, “I am thrilled and honored to have been invited by the Academy Museum team to imagine and design exclusive merchandise inspired by The Wizard of Oz, one of our most iconic films that has continued to inspire generations and a core part of the Academy Museum’s opening exhibition. It is my great pleasure to collaborate with my esteemed costume designer colleagues as well as Jeremy Scott, creative director of Moschino and a natural storyteller, who has long been inspired by costume design and moviemaking.”

The Academy Museum Store will feature collaborations with film partners including the Bruce Lee Foundation, on a collection that celebrates Bruce Lee’s career as an actor, martial artist, and writer, in addition to the Saul Bass Estate, spotlighting Saul Bass’s iconic graphic design work, film posters, and title sequences. The museum is also collaborating with Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli to offer special collections for museum visitors that will include original film posters and prints, an exclusive Her Universe apparel and accessories collection, and home, kitchen, stationery, games, and collectible items from Japan, as well as an assortment of plush toys and books that celebrate Miyazaki’s films.

Finally, the store will nod to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences through an extensive selection of Oscars®-related items, including a Lego® Oscar statuette designed by Nathan Sawaya, vintage posters and memorabilia, hosting supplies for an Oscars viewing party, stationery, and accessories.

Images: (left to right) Spike Lee Crooklyn T-shirt, image by Fuse Green; Poketo notebook featuring an illustration of the Saban Building by I. Javier Ameijeiras, image courtesy Poketo; T-shirt design inspired by The Wizard of Oz, created by and image courtesy of Arjun Bhasin; Sketch of ruby slipper purse inspired by The Wizard of Oz, ©Moschino in collaboration with Arianne Phillips; Modernica x Studio Ghibli featuring Jiji from Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989), image courtesy Academy Museum Foundation, © 1989 Eiko Kadono – Studio Ghibli – N; Anatomy of an Oscar tote bag, image courtesy AMPAS

About the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures 
The Academy Museum is the largest institution in the United States devoted to the arts, sciences, and artists of moviemaking. The museum advances the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the museum’s campus contains the restored and revitalized historic Saban Building—formerly known as the May Company building (1939)—and a soaring spherical addition. Together, these buildings contain 50,000 square feet of exhibition spaces, two state-of-the-art theaters, an education studio, restaurant, retail store, and beautiful public spaces. The museum opens to the public on September 30, 2021.

ACADEMY MUSEUM OF MOTION PICTURES ANNOUNCES ITS INAUGURAL LONG-TERM EXHIBITION ON THE HISTORY OF MOVIES AND MOVIEMAKING

THE MUSEUM’S TEMPORARY EXHIBITION PROGRAM WILL LAUNCH WITH A RETROSPECTIVE OF LEGENDARY FILMMAKER HAYAO MIYAZAKI FOLLOWED BY AN UNPRECEDENTED EXPLORATION OF BLACK CINEMA BETWEEN 1900–1970

TOKYO-BASED ART COLLECTIVE TEAMLAB WILL BE THE FIRST CUTTING-EDGE CREATORS TO ACTIVATE THE MUSEUM’S SOARING PROJECT SPACE

LOS ANGELES, CA, December 4, 2018—Kerry Brougher, Director of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, today announced the details of the inaugural exhibitions that will be on view when the Museum opens in late 2019. The first institution of its scope and scale devoted to the past, present, and future of cinema, the Academy Museum will open with a long-term exhibition that explores the evolution of film from its beginnings to its possible futures. Where Dreams Are Made: A Journey Inside the Movies (WORKING TITLE) will occupy two floors of the Museum’s iconic Saban Building—formerly known as the May Company building—and looks at the development of the art and science of motion pictures. Brougher also announced the institution’s first temporary exhibitions.

Where Dreams Are Made: A Journey Inside the Movies (WORKING TITLE) will occupy two floors of the Museum’s iconic Saban Building—formerly known as the May Company building—and looks at the development of the art and science of motion pictures. Brougher also announced the institution’s first temporary exhibitions.

The Museum will open with Hayao Miyazaki (WORKING TITLE), presented in collaboration with the filmmaker’s Studio Ghibli—the first major exhibition of his work presented in the United States.

The Museum will open with Hayao Miyazaki (WORKING TITLE), presented in collaboration with the filmmaker’s Studio Ghibli—the first major exhibition of his work presented in the United States.

This exhibition will be followed by Regeneration: Black Cinema 1900–1970 (Fall 2020), a groundbreaking exhibition that reveals the important and under-recognized history of African-American filmmakers in the development of American cinema.

Regeneration: Black Cinema 1900–1970 (Fall 2020), a groundbreaking exhibition that reveals the important and under-recognized history of African-American filmmakers in the development of American cinema.

It will explore African-American representation in the motion picture from its advent to just beyond the Civil Rights era. The Museum’s 34-foot-high project space will open with a major work by the Tokyo-based interdisciplinary art collective teamLab. Additional exhibitions will include Making of: The Wizard of Oz, featuring elements that contributed to the creation of this iconic film, a history of the Academy Awards, and an Oscars® experience. Kerry Brougher said, “We want the Academy Museum to add to the public’s understanding of the evolution of the art and science of filmmaking around the world—to increase appreciation for this great art form and encourage people to examine the role of movies in society. At the same time, we want to bring to life the most important reason of all for caring about the movies—because they’re magic. That’s why we intend to transport our visitors into a world that exists somewhere between reality and illusion. Like the experience of watching a movie, a trip to the Museum will be a kind of waking dream in which visitors feel as if they’ve slipped through the screen to see how the magic is created.” Ron Meyer, Chairman of the Board of the Academy Museum and Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal, said, “The Trustees and I are tremendously proud to see how the exhibitions of the Academy Museum are coming together.

Thanks to the extraordinary creative team that Kerry has assembled, these experiences are going to be beautiful and engaging, thoughtful and surprising. The art of film, and our new Academy Museum, deserve nothing less.” Dawn Hudson, CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, said, “It’s been 90 years since the founders of the Academy proposed creating a museum of film in Los Angeles. How thrilling to be able to deliver on that dream. The Museum’s exhibitions are as expansive and imaginative as the movies we love. With its piazza and open spaces, the Museum will be a gathering place for film lovers and will invite people from all over the world to re-experience and deepen our collective love of this art form, accessible to all.” John Bailey, President of the Academy’s Board of Governors, said, “The Academy Museum is the realization of a long-held Academy dream to preserve movie history and to bring it into the lives of filmmakers, scholars, young people, and the worldwide public. The great resources and dedicated work of the Margaret Herrick Library and the Academy Film Archive provide a foundation for the Museum’s extraordinary installations and changing exhibitions. This Museum, created and supported by working filmmakers, will present the story of the movies in ways beyond what a traditional historical film museum can offer.”

WHERE DREAMS ARE MADE: A JOURNEY INSIDE THE MOVIES The Museum has set several interpretative goals for its exhibitions and programs: to convey the emotional and imaginative power of film, to offer visitors a look behind the screen into how movies evolved and are made, to explore the impact of cinema on our society and the culture at large, and to ensure film’s legacy as the great art form of our time.

Where Dreams Are Made will unfold over 30,000 square feet on two floors of the Museum. It brings together evocative settings, key objects from the Academy’s unparalleled collections and the growing collection of the Museum itself, and an array of film installations. The journey begins in the Spielberg Family Gallery, located in the Grand Lobby, with the installation Making of: The Wizard of Oz. This classic 1939 film is notable for its engaging story, groundbreaking effects, glorious Technicolor world, original musical score—in particular the exquisite voice of Judy Garland—and a cast of unforgettable characters. Visitors will experience the magic of the movie and explore the process of its creation, from the script to production design drawings and sketches, costumes, and hair and makeup tests to the final versions of the characters themselves. It is here that Dorothy’s famed ruby slippers from the Museum’s collection will be found. Finally, evidence of this film’s everlasting impact illustrates the impressive legacy of The Wizard of Oz in popular culture. Visitors will then ascend to the Wanda Gallery on the second floor, where they will enter a corridor that acts as a transition from the real world into the dream-space of cinema. They will emerge into the dramatic Magic and Motion gallery, which evokes the age of innovation and wonder in the 19th century during which inventors created optical illusions and animations with devices that delighted audiences by making still images move and light up, bringing scenes and tales to life. The Lumière and Méliès gallery introduces a central theme of the exhibition—the interplay in cinema between realism and fantasy—as seen in the work of the brothers Louis and Auguste Lumière on one hand, and Georges Méliès on the other. Visitors will experience some of the earliest films ever projected, brief glimpses of daily life that were the forerunners of today’s documentaries and travelogues with which the Lumière brothers astonished audiences all over the world. The delightful “trick” films and dazzling moving image fantasies of stage-magician-turned-filmmaker Méliès prefigured the limitless potential of cinematic imagination even as the medium was still in its infancy. The Story Films gallery inside the restored iconic golden cylinder of the Saban Building will demonstrate how filmmakers around the world quickly developed camera and editing techniques that unleashed this new medium’s potential to tell stories. Visitors will see examples of the first dramas, comedies, adventures, and other genres created for the screen, as well as the first animated short films. Women played significant roles both in front of and behind the camera during this period, and this gallery’s focus on early pioneers such as Alice Guy-Blaché and Lois Weber will not only explore their stories but also survey an industry in the process of being born. Visitors will then enter a maze of monumental screens in the Light and Shadow gallery, which features sequences from the heyday of international silent film, revealing how inventive production design, acting styles, cinematographic effects, and lighting techniques brought mood, atmosphere, and emotion to cinema, elevating it to an art form and entrancing audiences around the world. In the Modern Times section, visitors will encounter three simultaneous moments in cinema history that demonstrate moviemakers’ ability to respond to and impact society. The first was the rise of Hollywood and powerful stars like Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin, larger-than-life figures who often created identifiable, sympathetic representations of the “everyman.” The second was the artistic and political eruption of Soviet cinema, particularly advances in editing and montage pioneered by Sergei Eisenstein and Dziga Vertov, who used innovative approaches to capture the drama of daily life. The third was the development of independent filmmaking in America, which sought to counter the stereotypes often created by Hollywood, including films starring all-Black casts, predominantly distributed to Black audiences—otherwise known as “race films”—and production companies formed by notable filmmakers like Oscar Micheaux, Sessue Hayakawa, and Beatriz Michelena. Modern Times leads visitors to the largest of the second-floor galleries, The Studio System, which follows the bustle of the Hollywood assembly line from the advent of synchronized talking pictures in 1927 to the decline of the studio system in the 1960s. This gallery explores the fascinating dichotomy of the era: the “dream” of Hollywood spectacle and the “factory” that made it possible. Here, objects from the Academy’s collection, such as a backdrop from Singin’ in the Rain (1952), the doors to Rick’s Café Américain from Casablanca (1942), and the typewriter used to write Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960), as well as familiar faces and scenes from the movies themselves will bring to life the myriad people and departments that came together to create studio movies of the time. Visitors will journey through the studio to explore the artistry and also the challenges of Hollywood during its “golden age.” This gallery also highlights many of the era’s most unforgettable stars, from the dancing talents of Fred Astaire, the Nicholas Brothers, and Rita Moreno to the dramatic presence of Humphrey Bogart, Gregory Peck, and Sidney Poitier, and icons of the screen like Greta Garbo, Dolores del Rio, and Marilyn Monroe. As visitors move to the Museum’s third floor Rolex Gallery, they will enter into the Real World. This space will reveal how filmmakers responded to the tensions and challenges of a world changed by World War II. As filmmaking techniques became more and more adaptable, with lighter-weight and more widely available equipment, filmmakers everywhere took to the streets to capture their version of reality and share slices of life on screen. Whether creating fiction films or documentaries, they helped record and shape our history. Visitors will also encounter the rapid growth of independent cinema and the individual expression that characterized movements from Italian Neorealism and French New Wave to Indian Parallel Cinema and Brazilian Cinema Novo. But this is not only a story of the past: such approaches continue to impact and influence filmmaking to the present day. An homage to the Stargate Corridor sequence from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)—a sequence that brought together experimental film techniques and mainstream cinema—creates a mind-bending passageway to the final section of the exhibition: Imaginary World. With the advent of new tools and technologies, cinematic visions are now limited only by the filmmaker’s imagination. Visitors will be transported to unfamiliar worlds of the past, present, and future to encounter many of the most memorable and beloved movie characters, creatures, and destinations and to hear from the filmmakers themselves how they have pushed the boundaries of filmmaking to make the impossible possible. These films, despite their imagined lands and inhabitants, often provide a mirror that urges us look at ourselves and our own world in new ways. An endeavor of this scope requires a multi-disciplinary creative team, such as the one assembled under the curatorial leadership of Kerry Brougher and Deborah Horowitz, Deputy Director of Creative Content and Programming. Intrinsic to the development of the vision for Where Dreams Are Made is Rick Carter, Oscar-winning production designer for Avatar (2009) and Lincoln (2012). The creative team for the exhibition includes the Museum’s curatorial staff—Doris Berger, Acting Head of Curatorial Affairs; Jessica Niebel, Exhibitions Curator; Bernardo Rondeau, Associate Curator and Head of Film Programs; J. Raul Guzman, Assistant Curator; Dara Jaffe, Assistant Curator; Robert Reneau, Film Program Coordinator; and Ana Santiago, Assistant Curator—as well as producer Brooke Breton, Avatar; sound designer Ben Burtt, Star Wars: Episode IV (1977), E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982); staff from the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, Academy governors and members, the Museum’s advisory committee on inclusion, and a range of film scholars and filmmakers. Gallagher & Associates, specialists in interpretive and experience design, are bringing their expertise to the project in order to realize the design and installations.

ACADEMY AWARDS HISTORY AND OSCARS EXPERIENCE

Since 1929, the Academy Awards have been the ultimate recognition of moviemaking excellence. Originally a dinner for industry insiders only, the ceremony has gradually become a global phenomenon watched by millions around the world. Visitors can trace the rich history of the Academy Awards and the story of the Oscar in an exhibition that includes favorite highlights, memorable winners’ speeches, private backstage moments, and rarely seen materials from the Academy’s collection. The exhibition will look back at the show, its glamour as well as its controversies, and the ways in which the Academy Awards ceremony has evolved and been a mirror of our culture. Visitors will then enter a gallery offering an Oscars experience only the Academy can provide, allowing visitors their own photo opportunity and Oscar moment.

TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS The Academy Museum will also feature a robust schedule of rotating temporary exhibitions in the fourth floor’s Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg Gallery. These exhibitions will include retrospectives of major filmmakers, focused studies on aspects of filmmaking, artists’ projects, and explorations of the way movies reflect and influence society.

The Academy Museum’s opening temporary exhibition will be an unprecedented U.S. retrospective of famed Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, curated by Jessica Niebel in collaboration with Studio Ghibli. Celebrated and admired around the world for his imagination, authorial vision, craftsmanship, and deeply humanistic values, Miyazaki continues to influence generations of filmmakers and film lovers. The exhibition will take visitors on a thematic journey through his cinematic worlds using original production materials from Studio Ghibli’s archives and features such films as My Neighbor Totoro (1988) and Spirited Away (2001). The exhibition will present more than 200 concept sketches, character designs, storyboards, layouts, cels, backgrounds, film clips, and immersive environments. A catalogue, film series, and public events will accompany the presentation, and unique Studio Ghibli merchandise will be sold at the Museum’s shop. In the Museum’s Hurd Gallery—a 34-foot-high project space dedicated to the work of contemporary artists and filmmakers pushing the boundaries of moving image media—will be a dramatic interactive installation by teamLab, curated by Kerry Brougher and Deborah Horowitz. teamLab is an interdisciplinary art collective based in Tokyo comprising more than 500 artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians, and architects. Transcending Boundaries presents a site-specific, real-time, ever-changing environment that allows the viewer to engage directly with the artwork itself. teamLab’s work looks toward the expanded possibilities of moving image and digital technology. Following Hayao Miyazaki, the Academy Museum will present Regeneration: Black Cinema 1900-1970 in Fall 2020. Regeneration will explore the visual culture of Black cinema in its manifold expressions from its early days to just beyond the Civil Rights movement. Co-curated by Doris Berger and Rhea Combs, Supervisory Curator of Photography and Film at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), it will be the first exhibition of its kind—a research-driven, in-depth look at Black participation in American filmmaking. In addition to offering a critical exploration of Hollywood productions, Regeneration will highlight the work of independent African-American filmmakers and create dialogues with visual artists. The exhibition’s goal is to redefine American film history as it elevates this under-represented aspect of artistic production and presents a more inclusive story. Regeneration is the proud recipient of the Sotheby’s Prize. The Sotheby’s Prize is an annual award that supports and encourages museums to break new ground. The grant aims to recognize curatorial excellence, and to facilitate exhibitions that explore overlooked or under-represented areas of art history. The Sotheby’s Prize is awarded by a jury comprising Sir Nicholas Serota, Donna De Salvo, Okwui Enwezor, Connie Butler, Emilie Gordenker, and chaired by Allan Schwartzman. Regeneration’s curatorial team is collaborating with an advisory panel throughout the development of the exhibition. The panel brings expertise and experience deeply rooted in scholarship and filmmaking and includes Charles Burnett, filmmaker, Academy member; Ava DuVernay, filmmaker, Academy member; Michael B. Gillespie, Associate Professor, The City College of New York, Department Media Communication Arts; Shola Lynch, Curator, New York Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, filmmaker, Academy member; Ron Magliozzi, Curator of Film, The Museum of Modern Art; Ellen C. Scott, Associate Professor and Head of Cinema and Media Studies, UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television; and Jacqueline N. Stewart, Professor, The University of Chicago, Department of Cinema and Media Studies. To encourage visitors to explore, dive deeper, and directly interact with exhibitions, collections, filmmakers, and fellow film lovers, the Museum’s public programs will include panel discussions, symposia, gallery talks, and other public events. The 288-seat Ted Mann Theater will offer daily thematic and exhibition-related screenings, and special showings and events will be held at the 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater. Film programming is overseen by Bernardo Rondeau. In addition, the Museum will offer an innovative range of digital engagement platforms and interactives, including a groundbreaking app. Additional information about Hayao MiyazakiTranscending BoundariesRegeneration, and the Museum’s public programs and film screenings will be announced at a later date. Credit  Where Dreams Are Made: A Journey Inside the Movies (WORKING TITLE) is organized by the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and is supported by Gerry Schwartz and Heather Reisman, John H. and Regina K. Scully, and in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Hayao Miyazaki (WORKING TITLE) is organized by the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and is presented in collaboration with Studio Ghibli. Regeneration: Black Cinema 1900-1970 is organized by the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and is co-curated with a photography and film curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. The exhibition is the recipient of the Sotheby’s Prize and is made possible in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. About the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures The Academy Museum will be the world’s premier institution dedicated to the art and science of movies. Located on Wilshire and Fairfax in Los Angeles, the Museum will be simultaneously immersive, experimental, educational, and entertaining. More than a museum, this dynamic film center will offer unparalleled experiences and insights into movies and moviemaking. Designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Renzo Piano, the Museum is restoring and revitalizing the historic Saban Building—formerly known as the May Company building (1939)—at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue. The Saban Building will feature six floors, including exhibition spaces, the 288-seat Ted Mann Theater, an education studio, special event spaces, conservation areas, a café, and store. The new spherical addition will connect to the Saban Building via glass bridges and will feature the state-of-the-art 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater and the rooftop Dolby Family Terrace with its sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills. The Academy is currently raising $388 million to support the building, exhibitions, and programs of the Academy Museum. The Campaign for the Academy Museum was launched in 2012, headed by chair Bob Iger and co-chairs Annette Bening and Tom Hanks. These industry leaders join other generous philanthropists who have named spaces, including Cheryl and Haim Saban (The Saban Building), The David Geffen Foundation (The David Geffen Theater), Dalian Wanda Group (The Wanda Gallery), Rolex (Rolex Gallery), The Walt Disney Company (The Walt Disney Company Piazza), Dolby Laboratories/Family of Ray Dolby (The Dolby Family Terrace), Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg (The Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg Gallery), Steven Spielberg (The Spielberg Family Gallery), Shirley Temple Black and Family (Shirley Temple Education Studio), Cecilia DeMille Presley (Founders Room), Gale Anne Hurd (Hurd Gallery), NBCUniversal, Netflix (Netflix Terrace), Participant Media, Gerry Schwartz and Heather Reisman (Gerry Schwartz and Heather Reisman Mezzanine), The Simms/Mann Family Foundation (Ted Mann Theater), Jeff Skoll, The Fran and Ray Stark Foundation, Warner Bros. Entertainment (The Warner Bros. Entertainment Gallery), Wasserman Foundation, and Wolfgang Puck Catering and Events LLC/Compass Group USA, Inc. The Academy Museum’s Digital Engagement Platform is sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies.