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It’s All in Me: Black Heroines

February 20, 2020 – March 05, 2020

The Museum of Modern Art

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Borrowing a lyric from Chaka Khan’s anthem “I’m Every Woman,” It’s All in Me celebrates both a wide range of representations and potent expressions of growth, agency, and self-assertion by black women and girls—portrayed by gifted talents too often contending with a racially insensitive industry—in films spanning from 1907 to 2018.


Organized by Steve Macfarlane, Guest Assistant, Film, Department of Visitor Engagement; Dara Ojugbele, Guest Assistant, Film, Department of Visitor Engagement; and Marta Zeamanuel, Department Assistant, Department of Film.


Support for the exhibition is provided by the Annual Film Fund. Leadership support for the Annual Film Fund is provided by Steven Tisch, with major contributions from Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston, Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin, Karen and Gary Winnick, and The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art. 



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All by Myself: The Eartha Kitt Story. 1982. USA. Directed by Christian Blackwood. Courtesy Christian Blackwood Productions

Cycles. 1989. USA. Directed by Zeinabu irene Davis. Courtesy Women Make Movies

Gone Are the Days! 1963. USA. Directed by Nicholas Webster. Courtesy Everett Collection

Illusions. 1982. USA. Directed by Julie Dash. Courtesy Women Make Movies

Jackie Brown. 1997. USA. Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Courtesy Everett Collection

Lillian. 1993. USA. Directed by David D. Williams. Courtesy the artist

Lime Kiln Club Field Day. 1913/2014. Directed by T. Hayes Hunter, Edwin Middleton. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive

Love as Disorder. 1973. USA. Directed by Ben Maddow. Courtesy Everett Collection

Night of the Cobra Woman. 1971. USA/Philippines. Directed by Andrew Meyer. Courtesy Shout Factory

The Omega Man. 1971. USA. Directed by Boris Sagal. Courtesy Photofest

On Becoming a Woman: Mothers and Daughters Talking Together. 1987. USA. Directed by Cheryl Chisolm. Courtesy Women Make Movies

One Mile from Heaven. 1937. USA. Directed by Allan Dwan. 67 min. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive

Pick Up Your Feet: The Double Dutch Show. 1981. USA. Directed by Skip Blumberg. © Peter AaronOTTO courtesy of MoreArtistsMovies.com

Sambizanga. 1972. Angola/France. Directed by Sarah Maldoror. Courtesy the artist and Annouchka de Andrade

Strange Days. 1995. USA. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Courtesy Everett Collection

Sunshine State. 2002. USA. Directed by John Sayles. Courtesy Sony Classic Pictures

Support the Girls. 2018. USA. Directed by Andrew Bujalski. Courtesy Everett Collection

Thirteen. 1997. USA. Directed by David D. Williams. Courtesy the artist

Thulani. 1984. USA. Directed by Doris Chase. Courtesy the artist

Xica da Silva. 1976. Brazil. Directed by Carlos Diegues. Courtesy Everett Collection

Zou Zou. 1934. France. Directed by Marc Allegret. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive