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The Boca Raton Museum of Art >> Black History Month: Powerful Art for Online Viewing


The Boca Raton Museum of Art Commemorates Black History Month: Powerful Art for Online Viewing and an Educational Webinar about the Painful History of Racism in Florida

Left to right: the featured artists Renee Cox and Benjamin Patterson.

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The Boca Raton Museum of Art's online initiatives have become a mainstay for art lovers to enjoy from the comfort and safety of their homes during the pandemic.

New for Black History Month:

Virtual art to enjoy online by Renee Cox and Benjamin Patterson. Their compelling works are currently on view at the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

The Founding Director of the FMU Social Justice Institute, Dr. Tameka Hobbs, presents an educational webinar about the history of racism in Florida.


The online initiatives #BocaMuseumfromHome and #KeepKidsSmartWithArt are supported by Art Bridges Foundation. The Boca Raton Museum of Art virtual programming provides access to everyone beyond our gallery walls. Additional support for the Museum's family programs is provided by PNC Grow Up Great

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The Boca Raton Museum of Art's new online video shines a light on "The Signing," an artwork by Renee Cox (pictured above) that is making its museum premiere with this exhibition. Her work glamorously re-imagines the signing of the U.S. Constitution with women and men of color in place of the founding fathers. The Museum will exhibit this artwork for several months, through September of 2021.

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The new art video for Black History Month also showcases "My 13 Presidents" by Benjamin Patterson (above), the only Black member of the Fluxus Art Movement and its only Black member.

Patterson was also a symphony musician and had to emigrate to Europe in 1960 because at that time no orchestras in the U.S. would hire Black musicians. In his wry series, the artist humorously depicts the13 U.S. presidents that served during his lifetime (1934 - 2016) and ends with President Obama. Patterson died in June of the election year 2016, leaving us to wonder how his ironic presidential depictions might have evolved during present times.


Strange Fruit in Florida - Online Webinar

The story of Florida’s painful history of racial violence

The Boca Raton Museum of Art invited Dr. Tameka Hobbs, the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Founding Director of the FMU Social Justice Institute at Florida Memorial University, to present an online lecture for Black History Month. This online lecture for Museum members is now available for the public to also view, with free access until March 4th.

Pictured above, Dr. Tamika Hobbs, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Founding Director of the Social Justice Institute at Florida Memorial University. Educational presentation video at:

In the video lecture, Dr. Hobbs shares the story of Florida’s painful history of racial violence (the video lecture includes graphic historic images that may not be suitable for children). Dr. Hobbs highlights civil rights activist Harry T. Moore’s fight against lynching and the Ku Klux Klan that led to the murder of Moore and his wife, in a bombing of their Brevard County home.

Her presentation is titled Strange Fruit in Florida (referring to the 1937 song Strange Fruit made famous by singer Billie Holiday about the lynching of African Americans). The lecture was moderated by Duane Smith, the Adult & Community Programs Coordinator at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Black History Month Online Arts Programs from the Boca Raton Museum of Art:

Black History Month is celebrated annually during the month of February to recognize the achievements by African Americans, the history of Black Americans and their central role in U.S. history, and is also known as African American History Month.

In the United States, the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.

During Black History Month, as detailed in this article in Ebony Magazine by Dr. Gregory Carr, Associate Professor and Chair of Howard University’s Department of Afro American Studies, America is ". . . challenged to contemplate the global and national journey and achievements of its African-descended residents. The ritual was born and driven by the single-minded devotion and sacrifice of Carter Godwin Woodson (1875–1950), a son of formerly enslaved parents who defied American apartheid to acquire a Harvard Ph.D., using it with remarkable efficiency to create organizations and rituals that continue to shape our struggle for intellectual liberation."


The Signing, by Renee Cox

New video online for virtual viewing. Her artwork is exhibited at the Museum through September of 2021.

"The imagery of The Signing, by Renee Cox, brings to light that although people of color did not participate in the signing of the Constitution, they have most certainly played important roles and made vital contributions to the building of this country," says Kathleen Goncharov, Senior Curator of the Boca Raton Museum of Art. "Museum visitors are encouraged to acknowledge that people of color have been largely left out of history books,"

Renee Cox's witty and dramatic large-scale work re-interprets Howard Chandler Christy’s historical painting, Scene at The Signing of the Constitution of the United States (housed at the U.S. Capitol building). 

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Her contemporary and glamorous twist of the historic painting, her 12-foot long photograph re-imagines women and men of color in the place of the Founding Fathers. Her subjects are all decked out -- some in current fashions, others in 1700s period clothing, and some wear dazzling African garb.

Describing her photography, Renee Cox states: "This work aims to unleash the potential of the ordinary and bring it into a new realm of possibilities. It's about time we re-imagine our own constitutions," says Renee Cox.

Above: in this earlier work by the artist, Renee Cox re-imagines herself as Raje, her racism-fighting super-heroine character in her artwork titled "Raje For President" (from 1998).


My 13 Presidents, by Benjamin Patterson

New video online for virtual viewing. His artwork is currently on view this season at the Boca Raton Museum of Art

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Benjamin Patterson was a founding member of the Fluxus art movement, and the only Black member of Fluxus. His wry presidential portraits strike a curious chord during contemporary election cycles.

In his series My Thirteen Presidents, Patterson juxtaposes the presidents that served during his lifetime (from Roosevelt to Obama) in typical Fluxus fashion: exposing the convergence of their circumstances and the decisions they each made during their presidency. 

He draws the foundation of each president’s character through popular astrology, extending to the cosmos and nature.  

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Above: image of President Obama by Benjamin Patterson, from his series "My 13 Presidents."

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About the Artists Renee Cox and Benjamin Patterson


Renee Cox (1960) This bio is sourced from the artist's website. Renee Cox is one of the most controversial African-American artists working today: using her own body, both nude and clothed to celebrate black womanhood and criticize a society she often views as racist and sexist. From the beginning, her work showed a deep concern for social issues and employed disturbing religious imagery.

In her first one-woman show at a New York gallery in 1998, Cox made herself the center of attention. Dressed in the colorful garb of a black superhero named Raje, Cox appeared in a series of large, color photographs. In one picture she towered over a cab in Times Square. In another, she broke steel chains before an erupting volcano.

In the most pointed picture, entitled The Liberation of UB and Lady J, Cox's Raje rescued the black stereotyped advertising figures of Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima from their products' labels. The photograph was featured on the cover of the French newspaper Le Monde. In the series Flipping the Script, Cox took a number of European religious masterpieces, including Michelangelo's David and The Pieta, and reinterpreted them with contemporary Black figures.

Cox continues to push the envelope with her work by using new technologies that the digital medium of photography has to offer. By working from her archives and shooting new subjects, Cox seeks to push the limits of her older work and create new consciousnesses of the body. Cox's new work aims to "unleash the potential of the ordinary and bring it into a new realm of possibilities". "It's about time that we re-imagine our own constitutions." states Cox.


Benjamin Patterson (1934 - 2016) This bio is sourced from Wikipedia and from Monoskop: The artist was born in Pittsburgh. He attended the University of Michigan from 1952 to 1956, where he studied Music (the contrabass), Composition, and Film Direction. His works are featured in the Silverman Collection exhibitions around the United States. Patterson was one of the founders of the Fluxus Art Movement, and its only Black member.

As an African American musician, it was impossible for him to get a job at a symphony orchestra in the United States at that time in history, so he started out playing with Canadian orchestras and emigrated to Europe in 1960. The artist said: “America was not yet ready for a Black symphony musician." Returning to New York and receiving his master's at the end of 1965, Patterson retreated from art for several years.

During the next two decades he pursued a career in arts administration - managing a variety of music, theater and dance companies and serving as administrator or consultant to municipal, state and federal arts funding agencies. He worked as general manager in the Symphony of the New World (1970–72), as Assistant Director of the Department of Cultural Affairs for New York City (1972–74), as director of development for the Negro Ensemble Company (1982–84), and as National Director for Pro Musica Foundation Inc. (1984–86). Although he remained outside the Fluxus scene during this period, he did occasionally surface with performances and new works for such events as the 20th Anniversary Fluxus Festival in Wiesbaden in 1982 and the 1983 Bienal de Sao Paulo, and has been well represented in the various exhibitions throughout the United States.

After a nearly twenty-year hiatus, Patterson reemerged in the late 1980s to resume his career as an artist. In 1989, Patterson returned to Europe to live, creating a vast repository of scores, paintings, and sculptures. He has exhibited or performed widely in venues in New York, Brisbane, Prague, Winnipeg, Tusa (Sicily), Athens, Kassel, and elsewhere. In 1988 Patterson was featured in a solo exhibition of new assemblages and installations at Emily Harvey Gallery in New York. He participated in several Fluxus Festivals, and exhibitions of the group. Between 1988 and 2003, he participated in nine group and four solo exhibitions.


About Dr. Tameka Hobbs


Dr. Tameka Bradley Hobbs is a native of Live Oak, Florida, and a graduate of Florida State University where she earned her doctoral degree in United States History, and Historical Administration and Public History. She is the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Founding Director of the FMU Social Justice Institute at Florida Memorial University.

She has taught courses in American, African American, oral history, and public history at Florida A&M University, Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia, and John Tyler Community College, in Chester, Virginia.

In addition to her teaching experience, she has served as a researcher, writer, consultant, and director for a number of public and oral history projects in Florida and Virginia, including the African American Trailblazers in Virginia History Program, a statewide educational program focused on celebrating African American History.

Her professional experience includes serving as Director of Projects and Programs for the John G. Riley Museum and Center of African American History and Culture, located in Tallahassee, Florida. After relocating to Virginia, between 2006 and 2007, Hobbs worked as the historian and coordinator of the Valentine Richmond History Center’s Richmond History Gallery Project.

In 2011, she authored a children’s book about the Library of Virginia entitled To Collect, Protect, and Serve: Behind the Scenes at the Library of Virginia.

Hobbs joined the faculty of Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, Florida, in August of 2011. In 2012 and 2013, she participated in the “Route to Our Roots: The Power of a Greater Vision” Lecture Series, sponsored by the John G. Riley Center and Museum of African American History and Culture and the Florida Humanities Council for the Viva Florida 500 observance of the state’s quincentennial. Her book, Democracy Abroad, Lynching at Home: Racial Violence in Florida will be published by the University Press of Florida in August 2015.



About the Boca Raton Museum of Art

Kicking off its eighth decade in 2021, the Boca Raton Museum of Art encompasses a creative campus that includes the Museum in Mizner Park and the Art School. As one of South Florida’s cultural landmarks, the Museum has provided cultural and artistic service to the community, and to many visitors from around the world, since it was founded by artists in 1950. 

Visit to enjoy the Museum’s current online content, including video tours and digital gallery guides. 

Support for #BocaMuseumatHome and #KeepKidsSmartwithArt virtual programming is provided by Art Bridges Foundation. Museum hours, admission prices and more visitor information available at

Opening today: MINARI, TWO OF US, OUR RIGHT TO GAZE, PREPARATIONS TO BE TOGETHER...; Coming Soon: LEONA, DEMONLOVER, + more at the Gene Siskel Film Center's Film Center From Your Sofa.

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February 12, 2021
Minari; Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities; Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time; Two of Us.

Museum Town; Another Round; Acasa, My Home; The Salt of Tears; Some Kind of Heaven; Identifying Features; Rock Camp: The Movie; My Rembrandt; Atlantis; A Glitch in the Matrix; M.C. Escher: Journey Into Infinity.

Leona; The Road Up; Demon Lover; Un Film Dramatique/A Dramatic Film; Days of the Bagnold Summer. 

The Weasel's Tale; Museum Town; Night Shift; Acasa, My Home; Rock Camp: The Movie. 

Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities; Un Film Dramatique (opening 2/26). 

New releases will be available beginning 12:00 p.m. CT the day the film is available, unless noted. Confirmed end dates are now listed. 

Two weeks only: 2/12 - 2/25
2021, Lee Isaac Chung, USA, 115 mins
In English and Korean

A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home. (Description courtesy of A24) 

In conjunction with A24, the Film Center is excited to present this special engagement of Lee Isaac Chung's MINARI, providing patrons early access to watch the film on February 12, two weeks before its PVOD release. 

This screening is a bit different from the others in our virtual cinema.Tickets, which cost $20, will be available in limited quantities for each day of the two-week run.  At the time of purchase, patrons must choose from a list of showtimes, four-hour windows during which you must view the film and its bonus features. A comprehensive FAQ is available on our website.

A portion of sales made from tickets purchased on our website will benefit the Gene Siskel Film Center. 

2/12 - 2/25
2021, Various directors, USA, 95 mins

“Not only will I stare, I want my look to change reality" - bell hooks 

In this collection of six shorts, filmmakers gaze at themselves and their world, attempting to make sense of what they see reflected back. From gripping drama to heart-warming comedy, OUR RIGHT TO GAZE: BLACK FILM IDENTITIES features timely stories from Black artists that take us outside of the ordinary. (Description courtesy of Full Spectrum Features).

Screen to Screen Filmmaker Q&A: Join us Tuesday, February 16, 7pm for a Q&A  with filmmakers from OUR RIGHT TO GAZE: BLACK FILM IDENTITIES, a series of six short films featuring timely stories from Black artists that take us outside of the ordinary.

Our guests will be: Kyla Sylvers, writer, actress, and producer of THE BLACK BANSHEE; Ya'Ke, director of THE PANDEMIC CHRONICLES; and Zora Bikangaga, director of AUNTIE ZARIYAH.

2/12- 3/11
2021, Lili Horvát, Hungary, 95 mins
Hungarian with English subtitles
"The film is reminiscent of works by Krzysztof Kieślowski and Claire Denis, and the noir-tinged cinematography by Róbert Maly adds much to the mystery." - Josh Kupecki, Austin Chronicle

After 20 years in the United States, a Hungarian neurosurgeon returns to Budapest for a romantic rendezvous with a fellow doctor she met at a conference.  When the love of her life is nowhere to be seen, she tracks him down only to have the bewildered man claim the two have never met. (Description courtesy of Greenwich Entertainment) 

Awards & Nominations

Winner, Gold Hugo, New Directors Competition - Chicago International Film Festival
Nominee, Best International Film - Film Independent Spirit Awards

2/12 - 3/11
2019, Filippo Meneghetti, France / Luxembourg / Belgium, 95 mins
French with English subtitles

Two retired women, Nina and Madeleine, have been secretly in love for decades. Everybody, including Madeleine’s family, thinks they are simply neighbors, sharing the top floor of their building. They come and go between their two apartments, enjoying the affection and pleasures of daily life together, until an unforeseen event turns their relationship upside down and leads Madeleine’s daughter to gradually unravel the truth about them. (Description courtesy of Magnolia Pictures)

Awards & Nominations

Winner, Outstanding First Feature Award - San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival
Winner, Merlinka Queer Film Award - FEST International Film Festival
Shortlisted: Best International Feature - 2021 Academy Awards


2/19 - 3/18
2021, Isaac Cherem, Mexico, 94 mins
Spanish with English subtitles

An intimate, insightful, and moving film that tells the story of a young Jewish woman from Mexico City who finds herself torn between her family and her forbidden love. Ripe with all the drama and interpersonal conflicts of a Jane Austen novel, watching her negotiate the labyrinth of familial pressure, religious precedent, and her own burgeoning sentiment is both painful and beautiful – there are no easy choices to be made and the viewer travels back and forth with her as she struggles with her heart to take the best path. (Description courtesy Menemsha Films)

Awards & Nominations

Best Debut Feature - UK Jewish Film Festival 2019
Winner, Best Actress (Naian González Norvind) - Morelia International Film Festival

Spring (exact dates TBD)
2020, Jon Siskel and Greg Jacobs, USA, 93 mins
THE ROAD UP follows four participants in Cara, a Chicago job-training program, as they struggle to find the path from rock bottom to stable employment.  Throughout, they are guided, goaded, and challenged by their impassioned mentor, Mr. Jesse, whose own complicated past compels him to help others find hope in the face of poverty, addiction, homelessness, and trauma.  Taken together, their stories create a powerful mosaic of the struggles that millions of Americans face every day in a precarious and unforgiving economy—the daunting and often interconnected challenges that prevent so many from joining the economic mainstream.  Because when everything behind you is wreckage, and everything in front is an obstacle, how do you find the road up?  (Description courtesy of Siskel/Jacobs Productions)
2/19 - 3/18
2002, Olivier Assayas, France, 122 mins
In English; French and Japanese with English subtitles

"Captures a certain state of the contemporary world with the acuity, sensitivity, and precision of a seismograph registering the planet’s tectonic shifts" - Serge Kaganski, Film Comment

Perplexing and perverse, Olivier Assayas' (PERSONAL SHOPPER, THE CLOUDS OF SIL MARIA) cyber-thriller DEMONLOVER was met with critical confusion when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002, but with Janus Films' 2K restoration of the unrated director's cut, Assayas' neo-noir feels especially ahead of its time, revealing a story that, nineteen years later, is a prophetic critique of media, capitalism, corporate culture and the anonymity of the internet. Connie Nielsen plays Diane, an icy French media executive, playing both sides of a lucrative merger in the adult animation market. A quiet, constantly moving shark, Diane appears in complete control of her duplicity, until additional players, including her colleagues Elise (Chloë Sevigny) and American executive Elaine (Gina Gershon) reveal themselves to be sharks in the water as well. As Diane loses her control, Assayas spins the film into a disorienting, bleak and violent commentary on watching without understanding, violence as entertainment, and what we sacrifice for the sake of commerce. (Rebecca Fons) 

Awards & Nominations
Nominee, Palme d'Or - Cannes Film Festival 

2/26 - 3/25
2019, Eric Baudelaire, France, 114 mins
French and Romanian with English subtitles

"A rare film that conveys the capacious lyricism we tend to associate with the cinema of Agnès Varda. This is one of the year’s very best." – Michael Sicinski, Cinema Scope

Commissioned as a dedicated artwork for the newly constructed Dora Maar middle school on the outskirts of Paris, UN FILM DRAMATIQUE is a lively portrait of the first class to attend the school, filmed over the course of four years. The group of 21 middle schoolers discuss the drama of their daily lives and experiment with cameras and equipment. They are the film’s subjects, and also its makers.

With a refreshingly uninhibited approach, Baudelaire (LETTERS TO MAX, THE ANABASIS OF MAY) offers a new perspective on the realities of our current socio-political moment that is both playful and purposeful. As the students debate the approaching elections and the immigration crisis, they also seek to answer a key political question—what are we doing here together? (Description courtesy Cinema Guild)

Movie Club discussion: Wednesday, March 24, 6pm.

Awards & Nominations

Nominee, Moving Ahead Award - Locarno International Film Festival
Winner, Audience Award, Departures Feature - Indie Memphis

2/26 - 3/25
2021, Simon Bird
UK, 86 minutes
In English; CC available
"Funny, acerbic, yet surprisingly tender." - Mark Kermode, The Guardian

After plans to visit his estranged father in Florida are dashed, lanky, sulking and greasy-haired teenager Daniel (don't call him Danny) Bagnold is stuck for the whole summer with his awkward but well-intentioned librarian mother, Sue. Seemingly polar opposites - Sue remains doggedly chipper even as Daniel retreats further into his Metallica t-shirts and dour attitude - mother and son are both lonely, quiet dreamers, searching for possibilities that the summer might hold.

In his feature debut, director Simon Bird (THE INBETWEENERS) tenderly adapts Joff Winterhart's graphic novel of the same name, offering a dual coming-of-age story that deftly weaves humor with pathos, in a film that is less about revelatory moments than it is about the intimate tick tock of a relationship that is impossible not to root for. Set to the music of Belle and Sebastian (with some doses of heavy metal, of course), DAYS OF THE BAGNOLD SUMMER is a confident debut that is sweet but never treacly. (Rebecca Fons)

Awards & Nominations
Nominee, Variety Piazza Grande Award - Locarno International Film Festival
Nominee, Best Debut Screenwriter, British Independent Film Awards

Closing dates are noted when available.  Click here for a full list of streaming titles.

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Join the Gene Siskel Film Center's free virtual discussion series, featuring Q&A with filmmakers and special guests. All times noted below are CT. read more
Our Right to Gaze: Black Identities
Tuesday, February 16, 7pm CT
Join us for 
a virtual Q&A with filmmakers from OUR RIGHT TO GAZE: BLACK FILM IDENTITIES, a series of six short films featuring timely stories from Black artists that take us outside of the ordinary. Our guests will be: Kyla Sylvers, writer, actress, and producer of THE BLACK BANSHEE; Ya'Ke, director of THE PANDEMIC CHRONICLES; and Zora Bikangaga, director of AUNTIE ZARIYAH.

Register for the Q&A here

M.C. Escher: Journey Into Infinity
Thursday, February 18, 5pm CT
Join the Film Center for a Facebook Live Q&A for M.C. ESCHER: JOURNEY TO INFINITY w/ filmmakers Robin Lutz and Marijnke de Jong, moderated by Robyn Farrell, Associate Curator, Modern and Contemporary at the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Register for the Q&A here

To bring you the best in independent and international film, Gene Siskel Film Center curates its selection through many different distributors. Price per film may vary, but all films will be less than the price of a movie ticket. Streaming is easy, just:
1. Go To and find the movie you want to watch.

2. Click on "Stream Now" button. (You may need to set up an account on the streaming service.)

3. Pop some popcorn and enjoy your film.

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Since 1972, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has presented cutting edge cinema to an annual audience of 85,000. The Film Center’s programming includes annual film festivals that celebrate diverse voices and international cultures, premieres of trailblazing work by today’s independent filmmakers, restorations and revivals of essential films from cinema history, and insightful provocative discussions with filmmakers and media artists. Altogether, the Film Center hosts over 1,500 screenings and 200 filmmaker appearances every year. The Film Center was renamed the Gene Siskel Film Center in 2000 after the late, nationally celebrated film critic, Gene Siskel. Visit to learn more and find out what’s playing today.

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