Spike Lee, one of the most influential and prolific United States filmmakers, will be given an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. Spike Lee: Creative Sources, opening on October 6, 2023 and running until February 4, 2024, will offer a rare glimpse into the world of the successful director.

The exhibition will feature more than 300 works drawn from Lee's personal collection, revealing the sources of inspiration that have fueled his creative output. Visitors will be able to see how Lee's films explore topics such as Black history and culture, Brooklyn, sports, music, cinema history, family, and politics, through objects that have been touchpoints for him. These include artworks by prominent Black artists, such as Kehinde Wiley, Deborah Roberts, and Michael Ray Charles, historical photographs, movie posters, album covers, sports memorabilia, first edition books, instruments owned by legendary musicians (including one of Prince's guitars), and much more.

The show also includes set dressings and props from some of Lee's most beloved films, such as Do the Right Thing (1989) and She’s Gotta Have It (1986), which are set in Brooklyn and showcase the diversity and vibrancy of the borough. The exhibition is organized by Kimberli Gant, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, and Indira A. Abiskaroon, Curatorial Assistant of Modern and Contemporary Art, at the Brooklyn Museum. They have worked closely with Lee to create an immersive installation that celebrates his legacy and honors his deep connection to Brooklyn.

Spike Lee: Creative Sources will be on view at the Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing and Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery on the fifth floor of the Brooklyn Museum. For more information and tickets, visit the museum site.

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