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Oakton exhibit showcases African-American cinema posters

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  • An exhibit at Oakton Community College for Black History Month showcases African-American cinema posters.

      An exhibit at Oakton Community College for Black History Month showcases African-American cinema posters.
    Courtesy Oakton Community College

 
Submitted by Oakton Community College

From the 1930s through the 1950s, the black movie industry expanded as its triumphs and struggles echoed the nationwide Civil Rights Movement that culminated in the 1960s.

For February, Black History Month, Oakton Community College's Koehnline Museum of Art will exhibit Gems from the Koehnline: African-American Movie Posters. The museum is 1600 E. Golf Road.

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The exhibit opens Thursday, Feb. 6, with a public reception from 5 to 8 p.m. The show runs through Friday, March 21.

The exhibition features a recently acquired collection of original posters from "Gun Moll" (1938), "Prison Bait" (1939), "House-Rent Party" (1946), and Harry Belafonte's first feature, "Bright Road" (1953).

The museum is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For information, call (847) 635-2633, or visit www.oakton.edu/museum.

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