The New Season in Art: The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Premiere

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There’s always a new It girl in Hollywood, and this fall it just might be the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. The museum, designed by architect Renzo Piano, costs 482 million US dollars and causes a sensation even before the doors open on September 30th.

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The new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles.

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Correspondent Serena Altschul asked, “Are you ready to open?”

“Oh man, I’m so ready!” laughed Bill Kramer, the president and director of the museum. “I am so ready to open this museum!

“The academy has 13 million objects in our collection: scripts, photographs, costumes, props, storyboards, personal collections. We draw from this collection, but we also secure loans from collectors, [like] Steven Spielberg lends us Rosebud. It doesn’t get any better than that. “

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“Rosebud … It will probably turn out to be a very simple thing”: From Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane”.

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The museum is full of artifacts, from familiar ones (like Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers and ET) to less recognizable pieces (like the typewriter used to write Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho”).

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Artifacts from cinematic history from films such as “2001: A Space Odyssey”, “Black Panther” and “Alien” will be on view in the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles.

Joshua White, JW Pictures; © Academy Museum Foundation


Fittingly, the building also has two theaters that show films every day.

It’s a museum that seems to be a perfect fit for Los Angeles, but it’s one that has waited almost a century for its close-up.

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One of two lecture halls in the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, equipped for showing films in 35mm, 70mm and Dolby Vision laser projection and nitrate prints.

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“The academy was founded in 1927,” said Kramer, “and in 1929 the founders of the academy declared at a board meeting that they had to build a film museum.”

“And yet it took almost a century!” said Altschul.

“It took almost a century! This iteration started in 2011. It’s diverse, it’s inclusive, it’s fair, but in my opinion it represents film history truer and more accurately.”

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An exhibition with Bruce Lee (“Enter the Dragon”) at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

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But this museum isn’t the only attraction coming this fall. There is a lot of art to see across the country.

Jasper Johns, for example, will be the subject of an unprecedented show simultaneous with im both the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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“Three Flags” (1958) by Jasper Johns. Encaustic on canvas (three panels). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

© 2021 Jasper Johns; Licensed by VAGA to the Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Robert Gerhardt and Denis Y. Sus



Other notable retrospectives include Judy Chicago Exhibition at the de Young Museum in San Francisco and Barbara Kruger at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Left: “Immolation” (1974), from the series “Women and Smoke” by Judy Chicago. Right: A version of the installation “Barbara Kruger: Thinking Of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You”

© Judy Chicago / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, courtesy of Through the Flower Archives; Art Institute of Chicago



Back on the east coast, the Brooklyn Museum of Art is dressed on the nines with a Christian Dior exhibition.

Bar suit, afternoon ensemble with ecru shantung jacket and black pleated skirt made of wool crepe by Christian Dior (1905-1957), from the haute couture spring-summer 1947 Corolle line of the designer, Dior Héritage collection, Paris.

© Katerina Jebb, courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum of Art



The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston remains cozy with some unique American quilts.

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A quilt by Harriet Powers (1837-1910) of Athens, Georgia. Cotton plain weave, sewn, applied, embroidered and quilted. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Legacy of Maxim Karolik.

© Museum of Fine Arts, Boston



We also wish one Happy 10th birthday to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, an anniversary that gives all of us one more reason to return to the museums this fall.

More autumn art exhibitions:

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“Fishing Boats at Étretat” (1885) by Claude Monet. Oil on canvas. Seattle Art Museum, gift from Sarah Hart.

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  • “The Obama Portrait Tour” – Former President and First Lady painting by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald – is currently on view at the Brooklyn Museum (through October 24) before traveling to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (November 7, 2021 – January). 2, 2022), the Atlanta High Museum of Art (Jan. 14, 2022 – March 13, 2022); and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (March 27, 2022 – May 30, 2022)
  • “Joan Mitchell”, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (until January 17, 2022)
  • “Oliver Lee Jackson”, at the Saint Louis Museum of Art (until February 20, 2022)
  • “Collecting Dreams: Odilon Redon”, at the Cleveland Museum of Art (September 19, 2021-23 January 2022)
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“Quasimodo” (approx. 1875-80) by Odilon Redon. Charcoal with black chalk and accents of white and gray gouache on gray wove paper. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund.

The Cleveland Museum of Art


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“Muzzle at the end of the day” (around 1640/1645) by Simon de Vlieger. Oil on the panel. Patrons’ Permanent Fund and The Lee and Juliet Folger Fund in memory of Kathrine Dulin Folger.

National Gallery of Art.


  • “Afro-Atlantic Stories”, an exhibition exploring the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade opens at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (October 24, 2021 – January 17, 2022) before moving to the National Gallery of Art in Washington in 2022
  • “Alma W. Thomas: Everything is beautiful” a retrospective at the Phillips Collection, Washington, DC (October 30, 2021 – January 23, 2022)
  • “Calder-Picasso”, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (October 31, 2021– January 30, 2022.)
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Left: “Acrobat” (1929), by Alexander Calder. Right: “Acrobat (Acrobat)” (1930), by Pablo Picasso.

© 2021 Calder Foundation, New York / © 2021 Estate of Pablo Picasso. Artists’ Rights Society (ARS), New York.



Story produced by Julie Kracov and Sara Kugel. Editor: Remington Body.


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