When you live in a city like New York, art is everywhere. And in fact, some of the best works are store displays. And nothing beats a store display that’s as good as a movie, or 5 movies, or 8.
She’s Gotta Have It, Poster Art, Separate Cinema
Paul Stuart in New York did just that, featuring images of film posters in their store windows and throughout the store. The images corresponded with the release of Separate Cinema: The First 100 Years of Black Poster Art, which includes a foreword by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and an afterword from Spike Lee.
There were some fun things to notice and question about the poster art. I wonder when the shift moved back to actual photography instead of the hyper-realized drawings that dominated for a while. If I ever get to choose poster art for a movie, we’re going with a drawing. Also, some of these posters were for what appeared to be one theater releases and included the theater’s phone number.That’s so adorably old school. There aren’t even area codes.
Check below for images from the store. Separate Cinema was on view at the Paul Stuart at 10 East 45th Street and Madison Avenue in New York through March 6th. The book is available for purchase online.
Did you see your favorite movie listed?
Liked this? Also take a look at Black Broadway here.
If you are a punk (aka me), then The Hunger Games was terrifying. The dystopian world, the mocking jays, the fight to the death- all of it is a little too gruesome. So imagine the shock of avoiding the book, the movies, all the promotion, and then running into its artwork at the Museum of Metropolitan Art.
Really is Animals not reminiscent of the eery description of the mutant dogs in the book? This Hunger Games Wiki made by morbid super fans goes into great detail about all the eery mutated animals. To quote:
These creatures were able to balance on their hind legs, jump very high, and had four-inch long razor-sharp claws. Each of the mutts resembled one of the tributes who had died previously in the Games, had a collar marked with the district number of the tribute it was based on, and had eyes that looked remarkably human.
Collective Suicide, David Alfaro Siqueiros, 1936
It’s hard to say whether or not this David Alfaro Siqueiros piece looks more like the devastation of District 12 itself or like the world of the games once they start in the Capitol. Make your own determination based on the MOMA’s text. I’ll go with the Capitol:
Collective Suicide is an apocalyptic vision of the Spanish conquest of Mexico. Siqueiros shows armored Spanish troops advancing on horseback, a bowed captive staggering before them in chains. The broken statue of a god demonstrates the ruin of the indigenous culture. Chichimec Indians, separated from their tormentors by a churning pit, slaughter their own children, hang themselves, stab themselves with spears, or hurl themselves from cliffs rather than submit to slavery.
Both pieces are currently on display at the Museum of Modern Art in Painting and Sculpture I, which is currently featuring an awesome selection of Latin American art.
Seriously, I skimmed this book, and I just can’t read of watch it…too freaky. How did they play this on ABC? Better yet, how do they teach this in schools?