PennClubLA: Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898-1971, Sat 2/11, 11am PST

Date and Time
Saturday, February 11, 2023
11:00am— 1:00pm
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Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
6067 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
United States
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Wayne Hao

The Penn Club of Los Angeles invites Wharton alumni members and non-members and their guests to join them for their first Black History Month event: Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898-1971.

The Academy Museum’s landmark exhibition Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971 explores the visual culture of Black cinema in its manifold expressions, from cinema’s dawn in the late 19th century through the civil rights movements of the 1960s and their aftermath into the early ‘70s.  The exhibition is an in-depth look at Black participation in American filmmaking. Regeneration highlights the work of African American filmmakers and creates dialogues with visual artists while simultaneously expanding discussions surrounding US film history. 

The series kicks off with the world premiere of a newly restored “lost” race films, Reform School (1939).  Race films were works made with all-Black casts that were distributed almost exclusively to Black audiences throughout the segregated United States. 

Covering the same 70+ year span as the exhibition, this series ranges from showcasing silent era pioneers such as writer-producer-director Oscar Micheaux’s low-budget dramas to the groundbreaking allegories of Spencer Williams and the independently produced, genre-defying works of innovators such as Melvin Van Peebles.  Audiences will also be introduced to stars largely unknown to mainstream moviegoers—Ralph Cooper, Clarence Brooks, and Francine Everett—alongside iconic screen legends Paul Robeson, Josephine Baker, Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Lena Horne, and more. 

Head on over to Miracle Mile for what we are sure will be a lovely weekend activity in honor of Black History Month. This event is open to all.  Quakers, please be sure to bring your friends and family with you!


Who:  This event is open to everyone including members, non-members, non-alumni, and their guests.

What:  Regeneration:  Black Cinema 1898-1971

When:  Saturday, February 11, 2023, 11am - 1pm PST

Where:  Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, 6067 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA  90036

Why:  Join with other Quakers from PennClubLA and WhartonSoCal to explore the visual culture of Black cinema celebrating Black History Month

Cost:  $15, Members and their guest, per person, with rsvp.  $30, Non-Members and their guest, per person, with rsvp.  Limit ONE guest per member or non-member at the member or non-member price, respectively.


IMPORTANTDeadline for ticket purchase was February 10, 2023, 1130am PST.  Ticket sales have now closed.

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Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

6067 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, United States,
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