New ACMI Exhibition To Celebrate Women On Screen

13 December 2022

Cinephiles get ready for another spectacular exhibition at ACMI, with the world premiere of Goddess set to celebrate iconic women who have influenced screen culture.

Image of three people Laverne Cox, Marilyn Monroe and Anna May Wong
L - R: Laverne Cox in Paper Magazine, 2020, © Joshua Kissi. Marilyn Monroe, image by Milton H. Greene © Archive on behalf of Milton H. Greene. Anna May Wong, Image courtesy of CPA Media Pte Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo.

Opening in April 2023 as part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series, Goddess will offer visitors a deep dive into complex and changing representations of women in film from the silent era to today, including artists from Marilyn Monroe to Halle Berry and Australia’s Margot Robbie.

Goddess will feature never-before-seen costumes, cinematic footage, immersive video works and more than 150 objects, props and sketches from a broad catalogue of films from Hollywood, Bollywood, Japan, China and beyond.

Film buffs will get up close to the sky-high heels Mae West wore in Belle of the Nineties (1934), Michelle Yeoh's fight-ready silks from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) and much more.

With a focus on women who have challenged the status quo, this landmark exhibition will also take audiences behind the lens to explore gender re-defining moments from Marlene Dietrich in Morocco (1930), Tilda Swinton in Orlando (1992) and Pam Grier’s boundary breaking Blaxploitation film career.

The long-running Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series is a drawcard for Victorian culture lovers and visitors alike, bringing much-admired collections from galleries and museums from across the globe to Melbourne.

Previous Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibitions at ACMI include Disney: The Magic of AnimationWonderland, DreamWorks Animation: The ExhibitionDavid Bowie Is..., and the recent exhibition Light: Works from Tate’s Collection.

Goddess will open at ACMI on Wednesday 5 April 2023 before touring overseas and will be complemented by a dynamic events program, including late-night exhibition access, performances, talks and film screenings.

Program details will be announced in February 2023 when tickets go on sale.

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