This event is part of the New-York Historical Society's spring 2014 Free Fridays programs, sponsored by Bank of America. Entrance to the film series is free during the Museum's Pay-as-you-wish Friday Nights (6 – 8 pm). No advanced reservations. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6 pm. New-York Historical Society members receive priority.
The Black Fives Era
Organized in conjunction with the exhibition The Black Fives, the New-York Historical Society is proud to present a classic film that reflects the powerful presence that African Americans forged in music and culture in the early-to-mid 20th century.
Stormy Weather (1943)
Loosely based on the life of its star, dancer and actor Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, this musical showcases some of the greatest African-American talents of the early-to-mid 20th century. Opening remarks by cultural critic and biographer Stanley Crouch and journalist Bob Herbert. Directed by Andrew L. Stone. Starring Lena Horne, Bill Robinson, Cab Calloway and His Cotton Club Orchestra. 78 min.
Stanley Crouch is an award-winning journalist, cultural critic, and author of numerous essays and books, including Considering Genius: Writings on Jazz. Bob Herbert, a former New York Times columnist, is a Distinguished Senior Fellow with Demos.
The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024
The New-York Historical Society is grateful to Bank of America for its generous support of all Free Fridays programs.