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February at MoMI: celebrating Black History Month, great film performances, and more

FEBRUARY 5, 2024

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This past Friday, the Museum opened a major new exhibition devoted to net-art pioneer and sculptor Auriea Harvey, a groundbreaking Black woman artist who transcends boundaries across media. The exhibition is just one of the exciting events taking place at MoMI this February. We are also continuing with the 30-film screening series Snubbed 2: The Performances, featuring great performances that were not nominated for Academy Awards; and welcoming filmmakers, from the Oscar-winning production designer Patrizia von Brandenstein to emerging directors and others.

In celebration of Black History Month, the Museum will be presenting Pam Grier in Jackie Brown (Feb. 23 & 24), Prince (also as a director) in Under the Cherry Moon (Feb. 11 & 18), Oprah Winfrey in Beloved (Feb. 11 & 17), Alfre Woodard in Clemency (Feb. 10 & 11)—many of these as part of the Snubbed 2 series; and will co-host community partner Afrikan Poetry Theatre’s Black History Month Film Festival, featuring screenings and discussion with local Black filmmakers, on February 17.

During midwinter recess for NYC public schools, the Museum will be open daily, February 17–25, 12:00–6:00 p.m. and will present weekday matinees of Hayao Miyazaki’s The Boy and The Heron with drop-in media-making activities in its Media Game Lab. At the start of recess, February 16–18, visitors to the Game Lab will be able to play video games about climate change created by autistic game designers from Tech Kids Unlimited, an organization that transforms the lives of neurodiverse students by teaching computer science thinking and technology skills. Matinee screenings and Media Game Lab access are included with Museum admission.

Additional events include the New York premiere of About a Teacher, a film written and directed by NYC public school teacher Hanan Harchol followed by a panel discussion featuring leaders in education, on February 10. Also on this day, join us at 12:30 for A Henson Valentine, celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Muppet Show predecessor “The Muppets Valentine Show,” featuring Mia Farrow.

MoMI’s robust February program also includes Science on Screen: Welcome to the Machine, a series co-programmed by artist David Levine, whose hologram-like sculpture Dissolution is currently on view at the Museum.

Find a full schedule of February programs here.