Menu & Search
Where to go this weekend: Making Faces: Images of Exploitation and Empowerment in Cinema at MoMA

Where to go this weekend: Making Faces: Images of Exploitation and Empowerment in Cinema at MoMA

Making Faces presents a selection of images from MoMA‘s Department of Film’s extensive collection of film stills that explore the representation of historical “otherness” onscreen. This exhibition examines the attempts of commercial film studios to aestheticize identity at various historical moments. Photographic enlargements capture both conscious and unconscious deviations from cultural, social, racial, and gender expectations from the silent era through the Blaxploitation films of the 1970s.

Organized by Ashley Swinnerton, Collection Specialist, and Dessane Cassell, Curatorial Fellow, Department of Film. This exhibit ends on April 30, 2017.

Publicity image of Hattie McDaniel, 1930s–1940s. Film Study Center Special Collections, The Museum of Modern Art
Publicity image of Hattie McDaniel, 1930s–1940s. Film Study Center Special Collections, The Museum of Modern Art