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Academy Foundation (Beverly Hills, CA 90211-1972)
Doris Berger (Project Director: September 2020 to present)
Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898-1971

Implementation of an exhibition exploring the history of African American representation in cinema.

To support the implementation phase of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures temporary exhibition, Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971. Opening in February 2022, the exhibition explores the visual culture of Black cinema in its manifold expressions, from its early days to just after the civil rights movement, with a goal to redefine U.S. film history by elevating these underrepresented aspects of artistic production and presenting a more inclusive story. Regeneration is co-curated by Doris Berger, head of curatorial affairs at the Academy Museum, and Rhea L. Combs, supervisory museum curator, photography & film at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and will be the first exhibition of its kind—a research-driven, in-depth look at Black participation in American filmmaking.

Project fields:
Film History and Criticism

Exhibitions: Implementation

Public Programs

$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2021 – 10/31/2022