Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Reveals Exhibits, Plans to Open Late Next Year

By Strauss, Bob | Daily News (Los Angeles, CA), December 6, 2018 | Go to article overview

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Reveals Exhibits, Plans to Open Late Next Year


Strauss, Bob, Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)


We’ll have to wait about another year for the long-awaited Academy Museum of Motion Pictures to finally open. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has, however, announced a lot of what we can expect to see when its monument to the movies begins operations at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in late 2019.

“We want the Academy Museum to add to the public’s understanding of the evolution of the art and science of filmmaking around the world — to increase appreciation for this great art form and encourage people to examine the role of movies in society,” Kerry Brougher, the museum’s director, said in a press release this week. “At the same time, we want to bring to life the most important reason of all for caring about the movies — because they’re magic.”

That means they’ll have something about the movies for everybody, from history buffs and popular film lovers to those with more interest in the international scope of cinema and the artistic possibilities of moving images.

And the Oscars, of course. The museum will have a whole exhibit dedicated to the academy’s primary enterprise.

The main long-term exhibition, the working title of which is “Where Dreams Are Made: A Journey Inside the Movies,” will cover two floors and more than 30,000 square feet of the old May Company building, now called the Saban Building. It will include a “Wizard of Oz” making-of installation, walks through 19th Century precursors and the early days of movies by the likes of France’s Lumiere brothers and Georges Melies, and examinations of how visual storytelling techniques developed and how Hollywood and other filmmaking movements here and around the world codified it all into popular entertainment and, sometimes, cultural expression.

After takes on the studio system, Soviet montage and Italian Neorealism, a simulation of the Stargate trip sequence from Stanley Kubrick’s mind-and-artform-altering “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968) will lead visitors into the exhibit’s Imaginary World section. …

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