The featured exhibition is a series of the Montague Collection, privately-owned by Mr. Clinton Byrd, a Florida A&M University alumnus and locally-borne businessman. Current exhibition – The Lincoln Motion Picture Company, will run through March 13, 2017.
The Lincoln Motion Picture Company | A Tribute to Excellence in Race Cinema celebrates the ingenuity of African-Americans and their indelible footprint in early 20th century filmmaking. As a direct response to the misrepresentation and sometimes-grotesque depiction of African-American men and women, The Lincoln Motion Picture Company was formed on May 24, 1916 (Omaha, NE) and later incorporated in January of 1917 (Los Angeles, CA).
As seen through the eyes of George P. Johnson, the general booking manager and secretary for the company and Nathaniel "Magnificent" Montague, the catalyst behind the excellence behind the story, this exhibition researches the acknowledgement of the term "race" across a contemporary presentation of visuals from a broad and eclectic perspective. It includes photographic stills from the works of the founders and features a centerpiece that attempts to provide a look into a day in time without detracting from the landscape that the Lincoln Motion Picture Company provided for African Americans in the early 1910s and 1920s. With the help of the family of Clarence Brooks, George P. Johnson, the brother Noble Johnson, the founder of the Lincoln Motion Picture Company.
The next series of the Montague Collection will be the Sister Gertrude Morgan’s series, slotted to open on March 14, 2017. Sister Morgan (1900-1980), was a self-taught artist whose life and culture combine the African-American tradition of independent demonstration with an extraordinary fundamental creative feeling.
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