By Tammy Reese
The Creative Sources exhibit which honors Spike Lee at the Brooklyn Museum will be on display through February of 2024 in the Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing and Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery on the 5th Floor.
Step into the Brooklyn Museum and embark on a captivating journey into the extraordinary world of Spike Lee, a trailblazing American filmmaker and director. Here, visitors will have the rare opportunity to delve deep into Lee’s creative mind through an immersive installation featuring a collection of personal objects that have shaped his artistic vision.
As you explore this unique exhibition, you will discover the sources of inspiration that have fueled Lee’s prolific and influential career. From cherished memorabilia to treasured artifacts, each item offers a glimpse into the rich tapestry of experiences that have shaped his storytelling prowess.
Immerse yourself in Lee’s world as you witness firsthand the impact of his cultural influences, social commentary, and personal experiences. This exhibition not only celebrates his remarkable achievements but also highlights the profound impact he has had on American cinema.
Whether you are a devoted fan or simply curious about the creative process behind one of America’s most iconic filmmakers, this experience promises to be an unforgettable journey through artistry and inspiration. Step inside and uncover the secrets behind Spike Lee’s unparalleled creative output at the Brooklyn Museum.
Reverberations can be found between items that have been touchpoints for Lee and the topics he explores on-screen. Throughlines of his life and oeuvre — Black history and culture, Brooklyn, sports, music, cinema history, and family — are explored with more than 450 works drawn from his personal collection. Artworks by prominent Black American artists, including Kehinde Wiley, Deborah Roberts, and Michael Ray Charles, are displayed alongside instruments once owned by legendary musicians, as well as historical photographs, sports, and movie memorabilia, and more.
Fellow NYWIFT member LaKisa Renee and I were invited to attend Brooklyn Talks with Spike Lee and long-time collaborator and actor Delroy Lindo where we sat in the front row and witnessed the power of this dynamic duo’s chemistry. Spike and Delroy told some of the best/moving/funny and never heard before behind-the-scenes stories during their filmmaking processes. After the talk, Delroy stayed to experience the exhibit with attendees.
LaKisa and I both highly recommend visiting the exhibit. For more information, please visit https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/spike_lee