Now Showing
Augmented Reality (AR) Tour
Now Showing - Virtual Museum

African American film making is essential to American culture, and movie posters play an important role as part art and visual design, part promotional tool. Now Showing celebrates the significance of posters and the museum’s sizable collection by offering a visual history of more than seven decades of African Americans in cinema. The exhibition showcases works by pioneering filmmakers, independent directors, and some of Hollywood’s biggest stars to examine the intersection of race, gender, and the role of film in society.

Scan the QR code to explore the virtual exhibit

  1. Scan the QR code using your smartphone.

  2. Follow the instructions on your smartphone and scan the posters below.


Using your smartphones web browser

  1. Alternatively, go to on your mobile phone

  2. Scroll to, and select NMAAHC, ‘Now Showing

  3. A pop-up asks for access to the camera. Tap Allow.

  4. Swipe your screen and tap the X to begin scanning
    Scroll down on your computer and point your phone at a poster below.

The Flying Ace Poster

The Flying Ace, 1926

Richard E. Norman (1891–1960), director

Norman Film Manufacturing Company

From A Cinema Apart: African American Film Memorabilia (Larry Richards Collection)

To Sir With Love Poster

To Sir, with Love, 1967

James Clavell (1921–1994), director

Columbia Pictures Industries Inc.

Gift of Dow B. Ellis

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Dark Manhattan, 1937

Harry Fraser (1889–1974), director

Ralph Cooper (1908–1992), director (uncredited)

Sack Amusement Enterprises

From the Nieman Film Collection

Gift of Randall and Sam Nieman

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Harlem on the Prairie, 1937

Sam Newfield (1899–1964), director

Toddy Pictures Company

Herbert Jeffrey (1913–2014), also known as Herb Jeffries, or “The Sepia Singing Cowboy,” had a thriving career as a singer and actor, starring in several all-black cast Westerns during the 1930s.


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Claudine, 1974

John Berry (1917–1999), director

Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation

From the DC Public Library Film Collection

© 1974 Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.

Pinky Poster

Pinky, 1949

Elia Kazan (1909–2003), director

Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation

From A Cinema Apart: African American Film Memorabilia (Larry Richards Collection)