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Academy Museum Announces Curated Exhibits by Spike Lee, Pedro Almodóvar, and More

Academy Museum Announces Curated Exhibits by Spike Lee, Pedro Almodóvar, and More

Academy Museum Announces Curated Exhibits by Spike Lee, Pedro Almodóvar, and More

The Academy Museum Of Motion Pictures has given new details on the exhibits that will be available when the museum opens on December 14, 2020. Bill Kramer, the Director of the Academy Museum Of Motion Pictures revealed that Spike Lee, Pedro Almodóvar, Hildur Guðnadóttir, and Ben Burtt will be collaborators, curating exhibitions for the museum.

“We will open the Academy Museum with exhibitions and programs that will illuminate the complex and fascinating world of cinema—its art, technology, artists, history, and social impact—through a variety of diverse and engaging voices. We will tell complete stories of moviemaking—celebratory, educational, and sometimes critical and uncomfortable. Global in outlook and grounded in the unparalleled collections and expertise of the Academy, these first exhibitions will establish this museum as incomparable in the world of cinema,” said Kramer in a statement.

The renowned cross-disciplinary design studio wHY Architecture has been retained to finalize the design of the galleries spanning three floors in the museum’s Saban Building. The project will be led by the Director of wHY’s Museums Workshop, Brian Butterfield, and Lead Exhibition Designer Jarrod Beck with creative direction from the studio’s founder, Kulapat Yantrasast.

The Academy Museum Of Motion Pictures exhibition experience will begin in the Grand Lobby of the Saban Building with the Spielberg Family Gallery—which is open to the public without charge. This soaring, glass-walled gallery will serve as an introduction to the museum’s exhibitions by surrounding visitors with multiple screens featuring a rapid immersion into the history of cinema, from the Lumière brothers to the present day.

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The second and third floors will have exhibitions such as Stories of Cinema in the Rolex and Wanda Galleries. Stories of Cinema will connect audiences to the celebratory, complex, diverse, and international history of motion pictures. Academy Award-winning writer-directors Spike Lee and Pedro Almodóvar, Academy Award-winning composer Hildur Guðnadóttir, and Academy Award-winning sound designer Ben Burtt will have their gallery collaborations in these floors.

“Through its collections, long-term exhibitions, temporary and traveling exhibitions, publications, and programs, the Academy Museum is committed to representing the diversity and scope of cinema history. The museum is working closely with its Inclusion Advisory Committee, chaired by producer and CEO of Gamechanger Effie Brown, to ensure that museum content is inclusive for all visitors. In addition, the museum is working with representatives from all 17 branches of the Academy’s membership to develop and refine museum content and programming related to the expertise of each branch,” the museum said in a release.

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