Virtual Screening STP-on-Demand: The Black Museum (2018), dir. Oliver Hardt

Oliver Hardt - The Black Museum © Signature Films

Fri, 11/20/2020 -
Sun, 11/22/2020

7:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Presented by Goethe Pop Up Houston & Goethe Pop Up Kansas City

Virtual screening of Oliver Hardt's documentary The Black Museum (2018), part of film series STP-on-Demand.

Please RSVP in order to gain access to this film. The screening link to the film and the password will be sent out on Friday, November 20, at 7:00pm CST. The film will be available to view until Sunday, November 22, at 7:00pm CST.

This film will be available in the USA, Canada, and Mexico.


Shaping the Past: Films that examine how we interpret the past on screen

This virtual screening is part of the Goethe-Institut North America's (Goethe-Instituts and Goethe Pop Ups) film series STP-on-Demand, which explores ways in which we cinematically shape, interrogate, and rethink relationships between history and memory.

Shaping the Past / Gestaltung der Vergangenheit is a project of the Goethe-Instituts in North America (Canada, USA, and Mexico) that connects with and builds on the work of emerging leaders of local, national, and transnational movements to remember through reflection and with urgency. It is a partnership between the Goethe-Institut, the Monument Lab, and the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung / bpb).

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The Black Museum
Germany/USA, 2018, 52 min.
Director: Oliver Hardt
Languages: English, German
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, German

Statement from the Team:

Within the spaces of a museum that explores US history and culture through the lens of the African American experience, this multi-perspective documentary gives a platform to Black diasporic voices. Together with his earlier documentary Black Deutschland, Oliver Hardt’s The Black Museum was selected by Goethe Pop Up Kansas City and Goethe Pop Up Houston as a reminder of storytelling and creative expression’s ability to challenge the dominant discourse, a theme recurring in works by Shaping the Past fellows Alisha B. Wormsley and Patrick Weems, which are both part of the Goethe Pop Up’s programming this fall.


For a hundred years it was demanded, dismissed, and postponed. But never given up. Since September 2016, it stands like a bronze beacon in the middle of Washington, D.C. — the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Through 100,000 square feet of exhibition space spread across eight levels, the museum explores America’s history through the lens of the African American experience. In its first year, the museum attracted more than 3 million visitors. The success of the project serves as a reminder that design and advanced storytelling can challenge the dominant political discourse and enable a diverse conversation.

The Black Museum takes the audience on a journey through the building and the exhibitions — from the dark and low-ceilinged basement where everything starts with the history of slavery and freedom, segregation and the Civil Rights movement, to the upper, light-flooded galleries dedicated to African American music, visual arts, and contemporary culture. Interviews with the project’s key figures give detailed insight into the challenges and conflicts during the formative stage of the museum and its overwhelming success during its first year. Additionally, the museum´s curators deliver intriguing background stories about the exhibitions and artifacts.

Among the interviewees are NMAAHC founding director Lonnie Bunch, the chairman of the museum council, former American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault, Columbia architecture professor Mabel O. Wilson, the lead designer of the project, architect Sir David Adjaye.

The Black Museum was selected for STP-on-Demand by the teams at the Goethe Pop Up Houston and the Goethe Pop Up Kansas City.
RSVP About the Filmmaker

Oliver Hardt is a director and filmmaker based in Frankfurt am Main. His multidisciplinary practice ranges from writing, producing, and directing award-winning documentaries to creating large-scale video installations for exhibitions and live-shows.

In 2011, Oliver established Signature Films as a strong and versatile production network built on long-term collaborations with a group of like-minded film professionals. Since its inception, Signature Films has earned an international reputation for its innovative and inspiring projects.

In his documentaries, Oliver frequently addresses black history and culture with a strong emphasis on architecture, design and contemporary art. His work has been featured at international film festivals. As a lecturer on film and time-based media, Oliver has held seminars and been a guest lecturer at the Academy of Visual Arts in Frankfurt, the Bauhaus University in Weimar, and the Zurich University of the Arts, among others.

In 2021, he will be artist-in-residence at Vila Sul/Goethe Institute in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.


The Black Museum from Signature Films Frankfurt on Vimeo.