VideoTo capture Aaron Douglas's on-site murals painted in the 1930s, the Spencer Museum of Art has commissioned a video as part of Aaron Douglas: African American Modernist that will be on view in the galleries and will travel with the exhibition. The high-definition video, created by noted filmmaker, producer, and director Madison Davis Lacy, documents Douglas’s murals at Fisk University in Nashville and the Harlem YMCA in New York. A blend of contemporary images of the murals and archival footage interspersed with statements by leading scholars of African American art and culture, the video adds a new dimension to the record of Douglas’s murals.
Mr. Lacy’s film honors include Emmy Awards for the documentaries Free to Dance (PBS), Beyond Tara–The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel (AMC), The Time Has Come (as part of Eyes on the Prize: America at the Racial Crossroads (1965-1985) (PBS), and Richard Wright–Black Boy (PBS, BBC). He has also received a Peabody Award for the film Back to the Movement. Mr. Lacy served as executive producer for the feature-length documentary Paris is Burning and has many other film projects to his credit.
This commission was made possible through the generosity of the Judith Rothschild Foundation, the Office of the Chancellor of the University of Kansas, and Ann Thompson.