Jacqueline Stewart, director and president of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, will present the exhibition Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898 -1971 | Chaz’s Diary

“This landmark exhibit aims to restore lost chapters in American film history by elevating the contributions of black artists to present a more inclusive history,” Ms. Stewart said. “We are incredibly proud to present Regeneration, an exhibit that shows how the Academy Museum is introducing new scholarship, providing a broader view of American film history, and encouraging public dialogue about the past and present of filmmaking as an art form and social strength.

Regeneration includes seven galleries dedicated to: exploring the social and political situation of black Americans at the dawn of cinema in the United States; the representation of blacks in early cinema from 1897 to 1915; pioneering black independent filmmakers such as Oscar Micheaux and “race films”, made for black audiences from the 1910s through the 1940s; Black music in American films, including “soundies” and black musicals; Black stars and cinema icons; cinematic stories reflecting freedom movements; and the bold, pioneering paths black filmmakers blazed during the civil rights movement.

Throughout the exhibition’s development, co-curators Doris Berger and Rhea Combs collaborated with an advisory group of eminent scholars, curators and filmmakers in addition to Ms. Stewart, including: Charles Burnett, filmmaker, member of the Academy; Ava DuVernay filmmaker, member of the Academy; Michael Boyce Gillespie, Associate Professor, The City College of New York, Department of Media and Communication Arts; Shola Lynch, Curator, New York Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Filmmaker, Academy Member; Ron Magliozzi, Film Curator, The Museum of Modern Art; and Ellen C. Scott, Associate Professor and Head of Film and Media Studies, UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television.

As Artistic Director and Director of Programming, Stewart led the strategy and planning of the Academy’s museum curatorial, educational and public programming initiatives, including exhibitions, screenings, symposia, publications, workshops, youth programs and the Academy Museum Podcast. Honored in 2021 as a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, she was a 2019 Senior Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and in 2018. She is a professor of film and media studies at the University of Chicago, and previously served on the faculty of Northwestern University.

James C. Tibbs