The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures continues its extensive repertoire of public programming with an announcement of new film series, public events, and education programs to kick off the summer season. New programs feature a conversation and book signing with Oscar® -winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter on July 29; a conversation with 14-time Oscar-nominee and Governors Award recipient Diane Warren on August 24, as well as in-gallery programming and family workshops in partnership with the Bob Baker Marionette Theater and the Los Angeles LGBT Centercelebrating the LGBTQIA+ community throughout the month of June.
Film programming begins on June 1 with a Spotlight screening of Desk Set (1957) starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, followed by a post-screening Q&A with author Claire L. Evans and Associate Director of Reference and Public Services at the Margaret Herrick Library Elizabeth Youle. Limited film series begin on June 8 with A New Wave of K-Cinema: Korean Women Director s and June 10 with Summer of Music: Concert Films 1959–2020; July 6 with Regeneration, Remixed; July 20 with Dick Smith: The Godfather of Makeup; and July 23 with Silent Sundays . These series join the museum’s ongoing film series Oscar® Sundays, Family Matinees, Branch Selects, and Available Space. The Academy Museum also announced it will be screening Weekend Short Cuts: Looney Tunes Afternoons, a suite of classic Looney Tunes animated short films every Saturday and Sunday June 2–August 26 at 3pm in the state-of-the-art David Geffen Theater (DGT). Entry to Weekend Short Cuts is free with the purchase of a general admission ticket.
“We designed a season of public programming that complements what visitors encounter in our galleries. The museum is truly immersive for audiences; a place where people can come to interact with the many crafts of filmmaking; and a destination for people to watch, absorb, learn about, and engage with movies, all at the same time,” said Amy Homma, Chief Audience Officer of the Academy Museum.
She continued, “Here, people can visit The Godfather gallery, see the craftsmanship up close, then join us in the David Geffen Theater to see all the pieces come together on the big screen. They can walk through the history of Black cinema in the Regeneration exhibition, then follow that story into the present as they attend a book signing and conversation with Ruth E. Carter. And, we’re thrilled that weekend audiences will be able to see animated short films–many of which are rare to see in a theatrical setting–starting this summer.”
To officially launch the summer season, the Academy Museum will host a kickoff event on Friday, June 2 from 2pm to 8pm. Summer Jam will take place on The Walt Disney Company Piazza and feature art-making activities, food by Fanny’s, drinks, photo activations, and music—all free and open to the public. Attendees will have free access to the museum’s galleries from 4pm to 8pm on a first-come, first-served basis; capacity is limited. Attendees will also receive a 15% discount on purchases at the Academy Museum store that evening.
The Academy Museum Store will continue its popular book signings on July 29 with two time Oscar-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter who will be signing her new book The Art of Ruth E. Carter: Costuming Black History and the Afrofuture, from Do the Right Thing to Black Panther. The program, held from 5pm to 8pm will also include an illustrated conversation with Carter to bring the book to life. Tickets can be found here and include a copy of the book.
Songwriter Diane Warren will join Academy Museum Director and President Jacqueline Stewart for a conversation on August 24. The program, An Evening with Diane Warren , will give a special look into the power of song in film. As one of the most prolific artists of all time, Warren has penned 9 number one hits and 32 top ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100. She is an Honorary Oscar recipient, has received 14 Academy Award® nominations, and her songs have been featured in more than 150 motion pictures.
Beginning on June 8, the screening series A New Wave of K-Cinema: Korean Women Directorsconsists of contemporary films that explore the complexities of diverse conditions faced in contemporary Korean culture, including the trauma of domestic violence, investigations into gender and class politics, humanity’s relation to nature and the environment, and love and friendship. Each film conveys its narrative through the unique lens of its director’s keen perception, remarkable sensibility, and earnest engagement with its subjects. The 10-film series opens with two works by Yim Soon-rye, a prominent director and an advocate for women in film.
This June, July, and August, the museum hosts Summer of Music: Concert Films 1959–2020. Spanning seven decades and several continents, genres, and filmmaking styles, the concert film series showcases iconic and inspiring musical performances captured on film? from dizzying eclectic festival bills to intimate artist showcases. Featured performers include The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Ozzy Ozborne, and Beyoncé. The limited series kicks off with Jazz on a Summer’s Day (1959) on June 10 and concludes with Metallica: Through the Never in 3D (2013) on August 26, featuring a special post-screening conversation with members of the band Metallica.
In celebration of the Academy Museum’s landmark exhibition Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971—ahead of its closing date of July 16, 2023–the museum will present Regeneration, Remixed. The limited series takes another look at the period covered in the exhibition, this time through a contemporary lens. It serves as a dialogue between living Black filmmakers and the complicated cultural and cinematic legacies they face, to offer new visions and ideas of what Black cinema was and can be. This series also features new scores performed live by renowned composers Renée Baker and Kathryn Bostic of race films directed by Oscar Micheaux and Richard E. Norman, respectively. The series begins on July 6 with a 70mm screening of Jordan Peele’s Nope (2022).
Dick Smith: The Godfather of Makeup showcases work from the groundbreaking makeup artist. Smith is best remembered for his realistic aging makeup, notably for Dustin Hoffman as Jack Crabb in Little Big Man (1970) and F. Murray Abraham as Antonio Salieri in Amadeus (1984), the latter for which he won an Academy Award® with Paul LeBlanc. Smith’s experimentation with materials went beyond full-face masks to employ multiple overlapping foam latex pieces, allowing actors a fuller range of facial expressions and resulting in massive shifts in the field. The screening series begins with a screening on July 20 of The Godfather (1972)—a film currently being celebrated in the gallery The Art of Moviemaking: The Godfather, on view through January 5, 2025.
In the Academy Museum’s ongoing pursuit to illuminate the many histories of filmmaking, it is launching Silent Sundays, a series of silent film screenings with a nod to Turner Classic Movies (TCM)’s “Silent Sunday Nights,” hosted by Academy Museum Director and President Jacqueline Stewart. Taking place on Sundays at 2pm running July 23 to August 27, Silent Sundays showcases iconic movies from the silent era as well as forgotten gems and international classics. The program kicks off on July 23 with a live score of Oleksandr Dovzhenko's silent masterpiece Earth (Zemlya) (1930) arranged by composer Luke Corradine, and culminates on August 27 with a 100th anniversary celebration of the silent comedy classic Safety Last! (1923) featuring a score arranged by legendary American composer Carl Davis.
ONGOING SERIES AND PROGRAMS
- Oscar® Sundays: Held every Sunday evening in the David Geffen Theater, this series celebrates films that have been honored at the Academy Awards®. Through June, July, and August, the Academy Museum celebrates the centennial of The Walt Disney Company with a decades-spanning assortment of their Oscar-winning and nominated films. The series kicks off with the North American premiere screening of the new digital restoration of Cinderella (1950).
- Family Matinees: Held every Saturday for families of all ages, Family Matinee screenings through the summer season will also focus on showcasing timeless Disney classics to celebrate the centennial of The Walt Disney Company.
- Branch Selects: Each week, a different branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences selects a film—from silent cinema to contemporary films—that represents a major achievement in the evolution of moviemaking and its unique disciplines. The summer selections focus on films made from 1976 to 1989. Films screen every Tuesday in the David Geffen Theater.
- Available Space: Monthly series showcasing experimental and independent film and media. Summer programming features a screening of Made in Hollywood by Bruce and Norman Yonemoto with appearances by Bruce Yonemoto and Patricia Arquette, as well as an evening with artist and filmmaker Deborah Stratman including screenings of her short and mid-length works, and the Los Angeles premiere of minimalist filmmaker James Benning’s latest, Allensworth (2022), with filmmaker Benning in attendance.
- Stories of Cinema Drop-In Tours : All are welcome to join public drop-in style gallery conversations to explore moviemakers, their ideas, and beloved movie objects in conversation with museum educators. The tours are free with admission, from 1pm to 3pm on Fridays.
- Drop-In Workshops for Teens : Held on the third Friday of every month from 4:30pm to 6:30pm and designed for teens ages 14 and up, Drop-In Workshops for Teens include various activities such as artmaking, experimenting with movie making equipment, and learning the elements of filmmaking. All workshops are free with museum admission and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Drop-In Workshops for Families: Held the first three Saturdays of every month, Drop-In Workshops for Families are designed for families with children ages 2 and up. They are also free with museum admission and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
For Pride Month (June), the Academy Museum celebrates with a selection of educational and entertaining programs. Activities include Pride-focused Drop-In Tours led by drag artists from 1pm to 3pm on Fridays and a Drop-In Workshop for Teens with Drag queen Pickle and friends who will give a Drag 101 class, discussing the influence of drag culture in media and representation in film, complete with instruction on how to vogue!. The museum has also partnered with the Bob Baker Marionette Theater to host Drop-In Workshops for Families and marionette shows. The shows celebrate love, self-acceptance, and community through a musical marionette lineup of proud puppets performing a confection of medleys from LGBTQ+ icons, queer history, and more.
Education and family programs are ongoing at the Academy Museum, complementary to the film programming. Programs take place throughout the museum in exhibition galleries, theaters, and the Shirley Temple Education Studio.
ASL Interpreted Tours for the hard of hearing and Deaf communities and Visual Description Tours for the low vision and blind communities are offered monthly as well as Calm Morning programs and accommodative Family Matinee film screenings for neurodivergent viewers. A full schedule of Family Matinees may be accessed here .
TICKETS AND ADMISSION
Tickets for film screenings and public programs are sold separately and do not require general admission to the museum. All tickets are available through advance online reservations via the Academy Museum’s website .
Film screening tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (age 62+), $5 for students, $5 for children (ages 17 and younger), and $8 for Museum Members. Admission to daytime film screenings is $5.
Public and education program tickets range from free with admission to $20 for adults.
Museum Members 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, and exclusive members-only advance film screenings, by visiting the museum’s website.