Saturday, February 8, 2020
For Black History Month, the Lucas Museum is partnering with LACMA to present a screening of the 1978 classic, The Wiz. Featuring an all-black cast, this musical/adventure/fantasy is an extravagant reimagining of L. Frank Baum's classic 1900 children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. When Harlem schoolteacher Dorothy (Diana Ross) tries to save her dog from a storm, she's miraculously transported to the magical Land of Oz, which resembles a dream version of New York City. Befriended by a Scarecrow (Michael Jackson), a Tin Man (Nipsey Russell), and a Cowardly Lion (Ted Ross), she travels through the city to seek an audience with the mysterious Wiz (Richard Pryor), who might be the only one powerful enough to send her home. Through the prism of Dorothy’s well-known journey, the film explores the perseverance of the black American Dream despite mighty odds.
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 program will explore how filmmakers engage with issues of race within the narrative of the "American dream."
The screening coincides with Melanin Market L.A., a regular pop-up market taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. outside the cinema which features black-owned businesses and vendors. Guests can also engage in free family art-making stations at the market provided by LACMA and the Lucas Museum.
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 screening Do the Right Thing on Saturday, February 8, at 6:30 p.m. Learn more