The exhibit opens on Saturday, Oct 7 and runs through Feb. 4, 2024.
An exhibition centered on Spike Lee is now open for the public.
The list of celebrities came out on Oct 3 to support the opening of Spike Lee’s first-ever exhibit in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York. Industry veterans and collaborators including Laurence Fishburne, (“School Daze”), Giancarlo Esposito (“Do the Right Thing”), John Leguizamo (“Summer of Sam”), Adam Driver (“BlackKkKlansman”) and Nia Long (“The Best Man”) were in attendance.
The “Spike Lee: Creative Resources” exhibit showcases more than 450 artworks, film props and cultural memorabilia from Lee’s personal collection. With four decades worth of content, the exhibit has collectibles from movies such as “Do the Right Thing,” “Jungle Fever,” as well as original Andy Warhol and Gordon Parks photos.
The multi-room immersive installation is a showcase of the elements that made Lee, 66, a defining figure in the Black community. “You don’t have to really be an art aficionado to appreciate so much of this exhibition, because Spike is not only one of those but he’s a bibliophile, he’s a sports fan, he’s a lover of history,” Kimberli Gant, the exhibition’s curator, said according to the New York Times.
In addition to the cultural timepieces, Lee pays homage to his family. “My grandparents are no longer here. My mother, who passed away when I was in college. My father passed away recently. So there’s a section, there’s a whole remembrance in honor of them because without them I would not have done what I’ve been able to do,” Lee stated.
Though the actors’ strike continues to loom over Hollywood, it’s smoother sailing with the end of the writers’ strike for the director, who’s in pre-production on multiple films.
Though this exhibit pays homage to Lee, the director’s legacy is not over.
For more information visit the Brooklyn Museum website. General admission costs $25, tickets are $17 for seniors and students, and $10 for children ages 4-12 .