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Please be advised: the Museum will be open on Wednesday, June 19, 12:00–6:00 p.m. for the Juneteenth holiday.


The Black Kungfu Experience


The Museum will be open 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on this day for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday

With martial artists Ron Van Clief, Tayari Casel, and Dennis Brown in person

Dirs. Martha Burr, Mei-Juin Chen. 2012, 57 mins. Digital projection. This new documentary chronicles black pioneers, including famous actors and lesser-known practitioners, who became respected masters in a world dominated by Chinese and white men, and created a junction for African American and Asian cultures. The Black Kungfu Experience traces the rise of black kung fu in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s, and then reconnects with the contemporary martial arts scene at the 1,500-year-old Shaolin Temple, legendary birthplace of kung fu.

Free with Museum admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Museum members may reserve tickets in advance by calling 718 777 6800. For more information about becoming a Museum member and to join online, please click here.