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June at MoMI: Juneteenth, Pride Month, Father’s Day, and Asteroid City inspirations

June 2, 2023

A group of people shot from behind stand on a runway as a bright orange light casts their long shadows on the ground
Close Encounters of the Third Kind plays as part of the series DO NOT DETONATE.

This June, MoMI proudly celebrates the month’s many causes with programs and events. For Pride Month, the series Queer Cinema, Top to Bottom features ten films, selected by author and critic Kyle Turner, which look at the largely hidden role of queerness in the history of cinema. For the weekend of Juneteenth, the Museum will present performances, films including The Wiz and Beat Street, media-making activities, and a gallery talk. Please note the Museum will be open Monday, June 19, 12:00–6:00 p.m. for the holiday.

See It Big: Summer Movies (’70s and ’80s Edition) continues as well, presenting a selection of hit movies to help viewers escape the heat, including a Father’s Day screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark. And, tomorrow, June 2, DO NOT DETONATE, a series devoted to work that inspired Wes Anderson’s latest film Asteroid City, kicks off with Vincente Minnelli’s 1958 classic melodrama Some Came Running, introduced by Jake Perlin and Michael Koresky.

DO NOT DETONATE: In the orbit of Wes Anderson’s Asteroid City
June 2–16
Wes Anderson and book editor Jake Perlin’s new book, DO NOT DETONATE Without Presidential Approval, A Portfolio about Mid-century Cinema, the Broadway Stage and the American West serves as a new anthology of writing connected to Wes Anderson’s latest film, Asteroid City. This film series, organized by Perlin, brings together a selection of titles featured in the book, which evoke the historical or social or fantastical milieu of Asteroid City.

Queer Cinema, Top to Bottom
Through July 2
To mark the release of The Queer Film Guide: 100 Films That Tell LGBTQIA+ Stories, author and critic Kyle Turner has guest programmed a selection of films that epitomize the complex, contradictory, and compelling ways queerness finds itself as code, language, or point of view, and underline how cinema can look back at itself, disassembling notions of desire, selfhood, and identity. Upcoming highlights include Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001), Rope (Alfred Hitchcock, 1948), Jennifer’s Body (Karyn Kusama, 2009), and Nitrate Kisses (Barbara Hammer, 1992).

Juneteenth 2023
June 17–19
The Museum will be open daily 12:00–6:00 p.m. and will present screenings of The Watermelon Woman (1996), The Wiz (1978), and Beat Street (1984). A screening of The Wiz on Sunday, June 18, will be preceded by a live performance of local dancers from the Edge School of the Arts and an African drum circle. On June 19, just before the film, join us for a gallery talk by Renée Brailsford, a dancer in The Wiz.

See It Big: Summer Movies (’70s and ’80s Edition)
Through July 28
This series brings together selections from the first two decades of the American summer movie, as well as some smaller hot-month titles released to appeal to alternative art-house crowds. Kick back in the air conditioning and enjoy these summer movies the way they were meant to be seen. Upcoming highlights include Back to the Future, starring our Spring Moving Image Award honoree Michael J. Fox; Eric Rohmer’s The Green Ray; Who Framed Roger Rabbit; and Raiders of the Lost Ark on Father’s Day Weekend.

More information about these events are available at the links above.