At the entrance to the exhibition space devoted to “Uncommon Threads: The Works of Ruth E. Carter,” a clip plays on a continuous loop. It features the Springfield, Massachusetts-born costume designer accepting the 2019 Academy Award for Best Costume Design for “Black Panther,” the first entry into the Marvel Cinematic
Universe to star a Black lead, the late Chadwick Boseman. The thrice Academy Award nominated Carter —previously for Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X” in 1992 and Steven Spielberg’s “Amistad” in 1997 — gave a brief and gracious shout-out to Lee (who jump started her film career in 1988 with “School Daze,” and to “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler) before nodding to her mother, who she called her superhero.
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