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Friday, January 10 2020
Now Showing: Posters From African American Movies on Exhibit

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is proud to open a new, temporary exhibition of more than 40 objects and graphics celebrating black films, filmmakers, and actors in the Earl W. and Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts (CAAMA) gallery. note: Although not designated as an online exhibit, the exhibit's web page offers an in-depth discussion of the presentation with several supporting images. The review includes a link to the NMAAHC's Center for African American Media Arts, an online collection of African American images, videos, and audio recordings.

Now Showing: Posters from African American Movies showcases how movie poster design has been used to frame ideas, create moods, and stoke interest in films and characters.

Now Showing is the first exhibition in NMAAHC to feature augmented reality (AR). Through AR, visitors will have the unique opportunity to have an interactive experience with objects inside the gallery by using their mobile devices.

Once inside the exhibition, visitors navigate to on their mobile web browser from their smart device and view exclusive content on various objects inside the exhibition — including video commentary from curators and in-depth information about the story behind the movie posters.
The exhibition is divided into four sections: Film Pioneers, The Problem of the Color Line, A Star Is Born, and Black Power & “Blaxploitation.” Each thematic category highlights the role African American films have played on the perception of African American culture and society as a whole.
“Film can serve as a peek into ideals about culture and society,” said Rhea L. Combs, curator and head of CAAMA.

“This exhibition introduces visitors to films featuring African Americans they may be less familiar with, and at the same time, it recognizes some of the most historically and culturally relevant films made over a 70-year period...  When one explores the long-standing history of African American images on screen, these posters become significant artifacts about the perception and perspective of race, gender, and culture that have been a part of our social landscape for decades.”
Now Showing is a temporary exhibition on display until November 1, 2020, on the Museum’s second floor.

You can check out posters from the exhibit, learn about exhibit themes, and explore NMAAHC’s Center for African American Media Arts collection at

Post Source: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Image: Three-sheet film poster for The Bull Dogger, 1922, Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Gay Young and Daniel Schindler.

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