A poster from the Larry Richards Collection
A poster from the Larry Richards Collection

The National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Center for African American Media Arts will open a new temporary preview on movie posters at 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 25 at the museum’s second-floor gallery.

The “Now Showing” exhibition, on display through November 2020, showcases objects culled in large part from the Larry Richards Collection, a poster collection acquired by the museum in 2014 that includes more than 700 film posters and lobby cards.

“Now Showing” features original posters and lobby cards and select ephemera from the museum’s permanent collection. It introduces audiences to some of the pioneers of Black cinema, highlights the museum’s poster collection and its continued dedication to visual culture, and it shows how films geared toward African American audiences have been presented over the years.

A section of the gallery is dedicated to a mini theater space where a compilation of films from the museum’s permanent collection will be projected on a six-minute loop.

For the first time at the museum, “Now Showing” will include augmented reality. Audiences will be able to explore more information about select objects through state-of-the-art interactive technology.

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