Exhibits, Screenings, & Family Activities
February 2017, in Los Angeles & New York
Wednesdays to Sundays
12:00 to 5:00 pm (LA)
12:00 to 6:00 pm; Thursdays until 8:00 pm (NY)
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Table of Contents:
TICKETS FOR THE EXHIBITS
FREE and open to the public. No advance ticketing.
In honor of Black History Month, visitors can watch Oprah Winfrey, Kerry Washington, Diahann Carroll, Lee Daniels, Cicely Tyson, and others share personal stories as they introduce historic TV moments from Julia, Soul Train, Roots, In Living Color, Scandal, Empire, and many more programs. Portraits bring the talent to life, and you can walk a red carpet and share pictures on social with #PaleyTribute. A unique gallery experience for all TV fans!
In Los Angeles, the monitors are on the second floor with the portraits. In New York, you can watch the full tributes in the Spielberg Gallery or go to the Library on the fourth floor to watch individual Tribute segments.
In both New York and Los Angeles, the Paley Center will screen classic and significant programs from the Paley Archive that celebrate and examine the African-American experience.
NY & LA:
February 5 and February 12
The Proud Family: “Party” (2002)
Penny Proud parties down in this episode of the popular animated family sitcom. (23 minutes)
The Muppet Show: Lena Horne (1976)
Legendary vocalist Lena Horne drops by for a visit with Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the gang. (24 minutes)
Bernie Mac Show: “The Night of Terror” (2005)
Zombies, played for laughs, because that’s what happens when you combine comedian Bernie Mac and kids. (30 minutes)
Julia: “Am I, Pardon the Expression, Blacklisted?” (1968)
Groundbreaking sitcom about widowed nurse Julia Baker (Diahann Carroll) and her young son, Corey. (25 minutes)
The Richard Pryor Show: Robin Williams, Charles Fletcher (1977)
Controversial in its time, this comedy-variety show hosted by comedian Richard Pryor lasted just four episodes, due to disagreements over content with the network (NBC). (51 minutes)
In Living Color (1990)
Homey D. Clown clowns around in this installment of the influential sketch comedy show created by Keenen Ivory Wayans and Damon Wayans. (23 minutes)
ABC Novel for Television: Roots (1977)
Premiere episode of iconic miniseries (celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year), based on Alex Haley’s book, focuses on Kunta Kinte, an African warrior who is captured by slave traders and brought to America. (1 hour 37 minutes)
NY & LA:
February 19 and February 26
Sesame Street: “Big Bird's Pen Pal” (2002)
Sweep the clouds away with this diversity-themed episode of the great American children’s series, still running strong in its forty-eighth year.
Justice League: “Legends Part 1” (2002)
Superhero superteam battles supervillains in alternate dimension. (22 minutes)
Justice League: “Legends Part 2” (2002)
Superheroes vs. supervillains, part two. (22 minutes)
Teen Titans: “Car Trouble” (2003)
Cyborg’s new supercar starts with T, and that stands for trouble. (22 minutes)
The Oprah Winfrey Show: “Malcolm X” (1992)
Oprah chats with director Spike Lee about his film Malcolm X, plus Malcolm’s widow and daughter. (44 minutes)
Paris: “Dead Men Don’t Kill” (1979)
Paris (James Earl Jones) tries to save a possibly innocent man on death row in this stark episode of the criminally underappreciated cop drama. (50 minutes)
Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Piano Lesson (1995)
TV adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a family in 1930s Pittsburgh and the conflict over an antique piano, a family heirloom with great symbolic value; starring Charles Dutton, Alfre Woodard, and Courtney B. Vance. (1 hour 40 minutes)
Opening on February 8, the Paley Center is happy to partner with Essence for The Power of Our Presence – An Exhibition Celebrating the 10 Year Anniversary of the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards. This exhibit commemorates the televised luncheon’s tenth anniversary and features one of the iconic white coats worn by Kerry Washington on Scandal and Tracee Ellis Ross’s scrubs from black-ish.
Archived memorabilia, photos and footage from the luncheon’s nine-year history will be on display, including re-creations of the event’s extraordinary tablescapes, images from past honorees, special video messages from Angela Bassett and Lynn Whitfield, a compilation of footage of some the event’s most touching acceptance speeches, and much more.
FREE and open to the public.
In New York and Los Angeles, families are welcome to enjoy family screenings and craft activities that celebrate African-American history and pop culture.
Also in New York, the Paley Center's Education department will present two workshops:
Wednesday, February 22, 2017; 2:00 pm
Screening and Discussion: CBS Reports: Who Speaks for Birmingham (1961)
Come see this rarely seen one hour in-depth news report which sought to let Birmingham residents, both black and white, speak on behalf of their community, then the center of international attention due to racial violence and strife.
Recommended for children ages 14 and older.
Thursday, February 23, 2017; 2:00 pm
Workshop: The Civil Rights Movement and Television
In the years between 1954 and 1965, more legislation was passed, more court decisions were rendered, and more social change was effected in the name of civil rights than ever before. The rise of the Civil Rights Movement paralleled the growing use of television in the United States. In 1950 television was still in its infancy, but by 1960, televisions were present in 90 percent of American homes. Television provided the American public with a means to witness the struggle for civil rights nearly in real time and led a more informed society to enact social change. In this workshop participants view and discuss important television clips from the Paley Center’s civil rights archive.
Recommended for children ages 13 and older.
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