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Spike Lee: Creative Sources Opening Night

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The Brooklyn Museum debuts ‘Spike Lee: Creative Sources’ exhibition opening this month. The opening welcomed VIP guests like Laurence Fishburne, Bill Bradley and Don Lemon. Check out photos from the event and read more details about the exhibit inside.

The exhibit will officially open Oct. 7, 2023 until Feb. 4, 2024. ‘Spike Lee: Creative Sources’ offers a rare glimpse into the world of prolific director and filmmaker, Spike Lee. one of the most influential Lee has transformed the landscape of contemporary cinema and the art of filmmaking.

Through an immersive installation of over 450 objects from his personal collection that have been touchpoints in his creative process, visitors will discover the sources of inspiration that have fueled Lee’s work. Organized around themes of Black American history and culture, Brooklyn, sports, music, cinema history, and family, the exhibition draws connections between the people, places, and ideas behind his creative endeavors. It also marks Brooklyn’s first major exhibition on Lee, an artist whose persona is synonymous with the borough.

‘Spike Lee: Creative Sources’ is an immersive installation that takes visitors into Lee’s world, revealing the people, places, and ideas that have inspired his incisive storytelling.

The objects within the installation represent the wide range of mediums that have inspired Lee, such as historical photographs, paintings, album covers, movie posters, letters, first-edition books, costumes, and film memorabilia (many of which are autographed and signed to the director). They are organized thematically in seven sections, each of which features a clip from one of his groundbreaking films. Shown throughout the exhibition are works by prominent Black American artists, including Kehinde Wiley, Deborah Roberts, Elizabeth Catlett, Michael Ray Charles, Gordon Parks, and James Van Der Zee. Also on view are depictions of Black American and African figures across a spectrum of disciplines, such as Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama, Shirley Chisholm, Angela Davis, Toni Morrison, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Malcolm X, Jacob Lawrence, Gwendolyn Knight, Joe Louis, Jack Johnson, Michael Jordan, and Prince—all of whom have made an impact on Lee.

The Brooklyn Museum hosted an intimate opening with notable attendees including Spike and Tonya Lewis Lee, entertainment industry icons David Byrne, Giancarlo Esposito, Laurence Fishburne, Roger Guenveur Smith, and Dean Winters, media personalities Don Lemon and Sunny Hostin,  artist Renee Cox,  philanthropy leader Darren Walker, and former US Senator and NBA player Bill Bradley.

Check out photos from the opening below:

A Star-Studded Evening: The Brooklyn Museum’s ‘Spike Lee: Creative Sources’ Opening Night  was originally published on

1. A Star Studded Evening

A Star Studded Evening Source:Brooklyn Museum

2. Man of the Hour

Man of the Hour Source:Brooklyn Museum

3. Vibes All Around

Vibes All Around Source:Brooklyn Museum

4. Spike’s Creative Sources

Spike's Creative Sources Source:Brooklyn Museum

5. A Word From The Legend

A Word From The Legend Source:Brooklyn Museum

6. All His Celeb Friends Came To Support

All His Celeb Friends Came To Support Source:Brooklyn Museum

7. A Night To Remember

A Night To Remember Source:Brooklyn Museum

8. Good Times

Good Times Source:Brooklyn Museum

9. One Love

One Love Source:Brooklyn Museum

10. Legendary Link Ups

Legendary Link Ups Source:Brooklyn Museum

11. Celebrating The Culture

Celebrating The Culture Source:Brooklyn Museum

12. Unforgettable Night

Unforgettable Night Source:Brooklyn Museum

13. Unforgettable Style

Unforgettable Style Source:Brooklyn Museum

14. An Immersive Experience

An Immersive Experience Source:Brooklyn Museum

15. Smiles All Around

Smiles All Around Source:Brooklyn Museum

16. We Know Spike Loves His NY Knicks

We Know Spike Loves His NY Knicks Source:Brooklyn Museum

17. Creative Inspo On Display

Creative Inspo On Display Source:Brooklyn Museum

18. Friends, How Many Of Us —

Friends, How Many Of Us -- Source:Brooklyn Museum

19. Such A Dope Event

Such A Dope Event Source:Brooklyn Museum

20. Spike Deserves

Spike Deserves Source:Brooklyn Museum

21. Black Art

Black Art Source:Brooklyn Museum

22. Congrats, Spike!

Congrats, Spike! Source:Brooklyn Museum