(L-R) Original artwork by Shanée Benjamin; Puppet Name: Demitrius Nova Twinklestar III (Demi Star for short) Photo Credit: Bob Baker Marionette Theater; John Waters: Pope of Trash, DelMonico Books/Academy Museum of Motion Pictures; Cabaret (Fosse, 1972); Amber Crane, photo by King Gio; Vander Von Odd (self-portrait); Pickle, photo by Patrick McPheron; Landon Cider (self-portrait)
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Academy Museum of Motion Pictures celebrate Pride Month with an array of programming, events, in-gallery conversations, digital content, family workshops, and merchandise offerings throughout June.
In solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ community in Los Angeles and worldwide, leadership and staff from the Academy and Academy Museum will participate in the Los Angeles Pride Parade on Sunday, June 11, for the second year. Academy marchers will be accompanied by a giant Oscar statue, an LED truck with music and a two-sided video screen highlighting clips from LGBTQIA+ films.
For the first time, the Academy Museum will light the glass dome over the Dolby Family Terrace in the rainbow pride flag colors every evening in June.
The Academy Museum will host Drop-In Tours: Stories of PRIDE led by drag artists Pickle, Landon Cider, Vander Von Odd, and Amber Crane on Fridays through June and a Drop-In Workshop for Teens with drag queen Pickle, who will give a Drag 101 class discussing the influence of drag culture in media and representation in film.
The museum has also partnered with the Bob Baker Marionette Theater to host Drop-In Workshops for Families with marionette shows Saturdays through June. The shows celebrate love, self-acceptance, and community through a musical marionette lineup of proud puppets performing a confection of medleys from LGBTQIA+ icons, queer history, and more. Merchandise supporting the Bob Baker Marionette Theater will also be available at the Academy Museum Store.
The Los Angeles LGBT Center will host a conversation and book signing with Tre’vell Anderson on June 23 about LGBTQIA+ history and portrayal in cinema. The conversation will explore films, identity, and representation throughout the Academy Museum and film history. Tre’vell’s book We See Each Other: A Black, Trans Journey Through TV and Film is available at the Academy Museum Store.
The Academy Museum Store and the Academy have also collaborated on a PRIDE collection, including original merchandise featuring artwork created by artist Shanée Benjamin . You can also pre-order the museum’s catalogue on filmmaker John Waters, the subject of the upcoming exhibition John Waters: Pope of Trash (opening September 17), and purchase Pedro Almodóvar: Installation/Instalación, the accompanying bi-lingual catalogue for the immersive installation created by Almodóvar now on view at the Academy Museum.
A.frame, the Academy’s digital magazine, will celebrate the LGBTQIA+ films and filmmakers you know and love this month. Check out watchlists, exclusive interviews, and more queer movie content on A.frame’s Pride hub.
PRIDE celebrations begin on Friday, June 2 and run through June. Schedule is as follows:
Fri, Jun 2 | 1:15pm | Drop-In Tours: Stories of PRIDE with Pickle
Fri, Jun 2 | 2–8pm | Summer Jam with free museum admission 4–8pm
Sat, Jun 3 | 12:30pm | Drop-In Workshops for Families: Puppets and PRIDE!
Fri, Jun 9 | 1:15pm | Drop-In Tours: Stories of PRIDE with Landon Cider
Fri, Jun 9 | 7:30pm | Cabaret film screening
Sat, Jun 10 | 12:30pm | Drop-In Workshops for Families: Puppets and PRIDE!
Sun, Jun 11 | 11am | LA Pride Parade
Fri, Jun 16 | 1:15pm | Drop-In Tours: Stories of PRIDE with Vander Von Odd
Fri, Jun 16 | 4:30–6:30pm| Drop-In Workshop for Teens: Drag 101 with Pickle
Sat, Jun 17 | 12:30pm | Drop-In Workshops for Families: Puppets and PRIDE!
Fri, Jun 23 | 7:30pm | Gallery Conversation with the Los Angeles LGBT Center
Fri, Jun 30 | 1:30pm | Drop-In Tours: Stories of PRIDE with Amber Crane
Drop-In Workshops for Families: Puppets and PRIDE!
Saturdays in June | 12:30–3:30pm | Shirley Temple Education Studio/Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby
June workshops will focus on stories of love, belonging, and finding your place in the world. The museum is excited to welcome the Bob Baker Marionette Theater for workshops and free marionette shows for visitors. The marionette shows will be in our Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby from 2:30pm to 3:30pm, following the workshop at 12:30pm. Saturday, June 24, will be a Calm Morning focused on the film Zootopia (2016).
Drop-In Tours: Stories of PRIDE
Fridays in June | 1–3pm | L2/L3
Celebrate historic firsts, stories, and voices of the LGBTQIA+ community within film with museum educators and special guest drag artists. Conversations may focus on filmmakers such as director Pedro Almodóvar, costume designer Irene Sharaff, and the dynamic storytelling of the animated film Flee (2021). Stories of PRIDE will feature drag artists who will discuss an area of inspiration or influence in the galleries. All are welcome to join these public drop-in gallery conversations, free with admission, from 1pm to 3pm. Meet educators in the galleries.
Spotlight: Cabaret (1972)
Fri, Jun 9 | 7:30pm | DGT | DCP
Cabaret, the second feature from director-choreographer Bob Fosse, is one of his greatest works in any medium, a dazzling adaptation of the John Kander–Fred Ebb Broadway show, inspired by Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin Stories , that demonstrated how a “realistic” movie musical can be as satisfying as the more traditional Hollywood variety. When naïve young Brian Roberts (Michael York as the Isherwood figure) moves into a Berlin boardinghouse in 1931, he is unprepared for his new neighbor—the brash, would-be star Sally Bowles, played by Liza Minnelli in her Oscar®-winning, career-defining performance. The film received 10 nominations (including Best Picture) and won eight Oscars®, including Minnelli’s—for the art direction, cinematography, film editing, adapted score, sound, Fosse’s direction, and Joel Grey’s unforgettable performance as the Master of Ceremonies.
Drop-In Workshop for Teens: Drag 101
Fri, Jun 16 | 4:30–6:30pm | L3/Shirley Temple Education Studio
Our June workshop is a collaboration with drag queen Pickle! Pickle and friends will give a Drag 101 class that covers the history, theory, and design of drag. We’ll discuss the influence of drag culture in media and drag representation in film. And what drag class would be complete without a performance element? Learn the history of, and how to, vogue!
Gallery Conversation with the Los Angeles LGBT Center
Fri, Jun 23 | Noon | LL
Join us in conversation with Author Tre’vell Anderson about LGBTQIA+ history and portrayal in cinema in collaboration with the Los Angeles LGBT Center. The conversation will explore films, identity, and representation throughout the Academy Museum and film history. A book signing follows the conversation at 1:00pm in the Lower Level. Gallery Conversation is free with admission. Tickets for the book signing are $27 and include a signed copy of We See Each Other.
Tickets for film screenings and public programs for the Academy Museum are sold separately and do not require general admission to the museum. All tickets are available through advance online reservations via the Academy Museum’s website.
Film screening tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (age 62+), $5 for students, $5 for children (ages 17 and younger), and $8 for Museum Members. Admission to daytime film screenings is $5; $4 for Museum Members.
Public and education program tickets range from free with admission to $20 for adults.
Museum Members receive complimentary general admission for unlimited visits and priority admission. Visitors can learn more about membership benefits, which include a 10% discount in the Academy Museum Store, and exclusive members-only advance film screenings, by visiting the museum’s website.
The Academy Museum is the largest museum in the United States devoted to the arts, sciences, and artists of moviemaking. The museum advances the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the museum’s campus contains the restored and revitalized historic Saban Building—formerly known as the May Company building (1939)—and a soaring spherical addition. Together, these buildings contain 50,000 square feet of exhibition spaces, two state-of-the-art theaters, the Shirley Temple Education Studio, and beautiful public spaces that are free and open to the public. These include: The Walt Disney Company Piazza and the Sidney Poitier Grand Lobby, which houses the Spielberg Family Gallery, Academy Museum Store, and Fanny’s restaurant and café. The Academy Museum exhibition galleries are open seven days a week, with hours Sunday through Thursday from 10am to 6pm and Friday and Saturday from 10am to 8pm.
Academy Museum film programming generously funded by the Richard Roth Foundation.
Major support for the Academy Museum Teen Program is provided by the Beverly, Donald, and David Kobrin Fund.
John Waters: Pope of Trash is made possible in part by major funding from Robert and Eva Shaye, The Four Friends Foundation. Generous support provided by Emma Koss and Sara Risher. Academy Museum Digital Engagement Platform sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies.