Clothes don’t make the man, they make the movie. Now that Oscars season has officially fully kicked off, it's time for a look back on Boston's film contributions. Springfield-raised costume designer Ruth E. Carter won her first Academy Award for her work in “Black Panther,” where she created the Afrofuturist aesthetic of Wakanda. Four years later, she became a superhero in her own right, earning her second Oscar for her work in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” She made history with the win, not only as the first Black woman to receive two Academy Awards, but as the first person to win for both the original and the sequel of a movie.
Carter shaped the portrayal of the Black experience on screen, from "Do the Right Thing" to "Selma" and beyond. Now, decades of work have been compiled in the book "The Art of Ruth E. Carter: Costuming Black History and the Afrofuture." Carter joins The Culture Show host and GBH Executive Arts Editor Jared Bowen to talk about the book and her career.
Then, a conversation with Pakistani-born artist Salman Toor. He saw his career take off after he made a sudden shift from working in the style of the classical masters to painting what he’s felt in his lived experience as a queer South Asian diasporic man. Bowen caught up with Toor last month at Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University in Waltham, where a major solo exhibition of his career, entitled "No Ordinary Love," is on view until Feb. 11.
Meanwhile, at Boston museums, this Sunday marked the first day of Mayor Wu's free museum pilot program for Boston Public School students and families. The Culture Show producer Kate Dellis was on-site at a handful of participating institutions; she joins Bowen on air for a conversation about the experience.
Finally, GBH's own Tony Rudel joins The Culture Show to talk about the latest installment of the JazzNOW series, happening this Thursday with South African vocalist NALEDI.
Listen to the full episode above!