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Preview: "Regeneration: Black Cinema"

Melvin Van Peebles, 1971. Photo by Pix/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures' second big temporary exhibition opens Aug. 21. "Regeneration: Black Cinema, 1898–1971" is a deeply serious though accessible survey evoking the shows MOCA once did, excavating new history from movements that turn out to be utterly relevant to the present moment. Curated by AMMP's Doris Berger and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery's Rhea L. Comber, "Regeneration" sprawls over 11,000 sf on the museum's fourth floor. This is the space that formerly held "Hayao Miyazaki" (and will feature a John Waters  retrospective next year). "Regeneration" is further proof that the Miracle Mile Deathstar isn't just a shrine to movies that win Oscars. Installation view with clip of Carmen Jones  (1954). Photo by Joshua White, JW Pictures. (c) Academy Museum Foundation Something Good—Negro Kiss (1898) and Glenn Ligon's Do

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