Milan’s Fondazione Prada is launching a new film program, starting with a special event on Friday, September 21, with a conversation between filmmakers Spike Lee and Dee Rees, artist Theaster Gates and curator Okwui Enwezor.

Gates chose nine films to describe the 90-year history of black social, cultural and political views in America.

The film’s marathon will begin at 10 a.m. on September 21 and end at 7 a.m. on September 22, allowing “audiences to immerse themselves in an intense and exceptional cinematic experience, creating resonances and intersections between visual fragments and aesthetic inquiries. in different films ”. according to a press release on the event.

The films include: Body and soul (1925) by Oscar Michelaux, Carmen jones (1954) by Otto Preminger, The provocateurs (1958) by Stanley Kramer, Sweet Sweetback song Baadasssss (1971) by Melvin Van Peebles, Sheep killer (1977) by Charles Burnett, Do the right thing (1989) by Spike Lee, Dust girls (1991) by Julie Dash, I’m not your nigga (2016) by Raoul Peck and Moonlight (2016) by Barry Jenkins.

The marathon event accompanies Gates’ new exhibit, “The Black Image Corporation,” which opens at the museum on September 18. The exhibit is taken from the archives of the Johnson Publishing Company, which helped shape contemporary African American identity.

John H. Johnson founded his publishing house in 1942, creating monthly Ebony and NS, committed to celebrating the positive images of black Americans as well as the complex realities they faced in post-war America. The archives include over 4 million images.

For this exhibition, Gates focuses on female images taken by two photographers, Moneta Sleet Jr., the first African-American man to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1969, and Isaac Sutton, the chief photographer for the West Coast Bureau of Johnson Publishing. Company.

“I hope to unveil Sleet and Sutton’s creation of iconic female moments and also provide small forays into the lives of ordinary people through never-before-seen footage from the Johnson Collection,” Gates said of the show. “The archives speak of beauty and black female power. Today it seems like a good time to dig into the visual lexicon of the American book and show images that are rarely seen outside of my community. I wanted to celebrate women of all kinds and especially black women.

La Fondazione develops a new calendar of cinematographic events, with a special screening of Lee’s BlackKkKlansman in October, winner of the Grand Prix du Jury de Cannes.

La Fondazione Prada is co-chaired by Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli. “The Black Image Corporation” is open to the public until January 14, 2019.