Heroes & Sheroes: The Art and Influence of Ruth E. Carter in Black Cinema

August 25 - December 2

“Black Panther.” “Selma.” “The Butler.”

These epic films come to life through powerful storytelling and eye-catching design as they tell the inspiring stories of both fictional and historical heroes alike. Academy Award and Emmy-nominated costume designer Ruth E. Carter is the visionary behind the striking styles found in these films and many more.

Making its international premiere at the History Center, Heroes & Sheroes: The Art and Influence of Ruth E. Carter in Black Cinema is a multimedia exhibition showcasing costumes designed by Carter for critically acclaimed films over the past three decades, including “Roots,” “Malcolm X,” “The Butler,” “Selma,” “Amistad,” “Do the Right Thing,” and “Black Panther.”

Presented in partnership with FashionAFRICANA, Heroes & Sheroes explores Carter’s African-influenced costume designs, providing a master class in her use of color, textiles, and functionality.

Visitors will get an up-close look at Carter’s process, passion, and imagination as they discover a costume’s journey from sketch to silver screen.

The exhibit, which opens on Saturday, Aug. 25 in the fifth floor Barensfeld Gallery, will embark on a worldwide tour following its debut in Pittsburgh.

Special thanks to The Double Eagle Foundation.