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Saturday, February 8, 2020

For Black History Month, the Lucas Museum is partnering with LACMA to present a screening of Do the Right Thing, the classic 1989 American comedy-drama film produced, written, directed by, and starring Spike Lee. Salvatore "Sal" Fragione (Danny Aiello) is the Italian owner of a pizzeria in Brooklyn. A neighborhood local, Buggin' Out (Giancarlo Esposito), becomes upset when he sees that the pizzeria's Wall of Fame exhibits only Italian actors. Buggin' Out believes a pizzeria in a black neighborhood should showcase black actors, but Sal disagrees. The wall becomes a symbol of racism and hate to Buggin' Out and to other people in the neighborhood, and tensions rise. More than 30 years after its release, Do the Right Thing maintains its relevance as a portrait of both the beauty and the pain of the black experience in America.

Presented in celebration of the Lucas Museum’s recent acquisition of Separate Cinema—a significant archive of ephemera related to African American film history, and LACMA’s landmark Betye Saar: Call and Response exhibition, on view through April 5, 2020, this Black History Month film screening and conversation will explore how filmmakers engage with issues of race within the narrative of the "American dream."

Following the screening, author and archivist Jacqueline Stewart, professor of cinema and media studies at the University of Chicago, will participate in a conversation with Ryan Linkof, curator of film at the Lucas Museum, about the portrayal of race within the history of cinema. Stewart made her own history recently when she was announced as the first African American host at Turner Classic Movies, where she leads the Silent Sunday Nights program.


This program is presented by the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).


The Lucas Museum and LACMA will also be hosting a family-friendly screening of The Wiz on Saturday, February 8, at 10:30 a.m. Learn more

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