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It’s All in Me: Black Heroines

February 20, 2020 – March 05, 2020

The Museum of Modern Art

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.

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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