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Nakamura Keith Haring Collection

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Get ready to the "Nakamura Keith Haring Collection Queer Film Screening" taking place on June 24th (Sat) and June 25th (Sun) as part of the dazzling exhibition, "Keith Haring: The Downtown Renaissance," which coincides with the month of Pride, June.


June is internationally recognized as "Pride Month '' dedicated to raising awareness and promoting LGBTQ+ rights, coinciding with the month of the Stonewall riots that took place on June 28th, 1969 in New York. Events are held around the world during this month to celebrate and support the LGBTQ+ community.


About ten years after the Stonewall riots, during the 1980s when discrimination, prejudice, and oppression against sexual minorities were stronger than today and the term "LGBTQ+" did not exist, Keith Haring openly embraced his identity as a gay man and engaged in artistic activities. He aimed to raise awareness, promote visibility of the LGBTQ+ community, and enhance understanding of HIV/AIDS. In continuation of Haring's legacy, our museum carries out various activities every year during Pride Month in June.


Aligned with Keith Haring's indomitable legacy, the Nakamura Keith Haring Collection is dedicated to spreading joy and embracing queerness. In collaboration with the "Normal Screen" film series, we proudly present this groundbreaking two-day consecutive film screening event, an exploration of the very essence of "queerness" through the artistry of queer cinema.

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About Queer Film

The word "queer" originally meant "strange" or "peculiar" and has been historically used as a derogatory term towards sexual minorities. In contemporary usage, The term "queer" serves as an expansive umbrella, encompassing a rich tapestry of identities that go beyond the confines of gender and sexuality. These queer films take us on a captivating journey, exploring the depths of queer identities and communities, celebrating sexualities that defy conventional categories. Through an array of perspectives and artistic techniques, these films beautifully express alternative sexualities.

"Three Sad Tigers" Directed by Gustavo Vinagre|2022|Brazil

Over the course of two days, we will be screening six films, including the Japanese premiere, carefully selected with a unique perspective that reflects the Nakamura Keith Haring Collection's focus on 80s youth romance, futuristic societal drama, music, dance, and more.


In order to showcase diverse forms of "queerness," we have chosen six films from four countries, offering a program that can only be experienced through the Nakamura Keith Haring Collection's perspective. The lineup includes the dance-infused work "Untitled," woven together by the choreographer and dancer Bill T. Jones, who had a deep connection with Keith Haring; "Beverly Glenn-Copeland (In the Making)," which portrays familiar Japanese landscapes alongside soft singing, music, and a Japan premiere; and "Three Sad Tigers," a Japan premiere that combines sharp political critique with fiction. These are just a few examples of the lineup curated by the Nakamura Keith Haring Collection.


Additionally, at the main venue, a special screening area will be set up where you can enjoy a continuous screening of four short films, including animation and documentaries, totaling approximately 70 minutes. You can choose your preferred time to watch, allowing those who are interested in queer film or Pride Month but haven't been able to attend due to other commitments to easily drop by according to their travel plans.

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Highlights of the Screening

"​​Genius Loci" Directed by Adrien Merigeau|2019|France


At the Nakamura Keith Haring Collection, we carry on the legacy of Keith Haring, who engaged in various activism through art, and support the LGBTQ+ community.


For this film screening event, in line with the ideals of Pride Month, we will donate 200 yen to the NPO organization "LGBT families & friends" for every ticket sold.


In addition to same-day tickets, we will be offering a special pass that includes a discounted exhibition ticket (1,500 yen) for enjoying two exhibitions and a movie ticket (500 yen) at the Nakamura Keith Haring Collection official online shop.



*There are no advance tickets available for the screening only.


​Only sold at the museum ticket counter.

2-day pass for the Queer Film Screening:
500 yen

Exhibition + 2-day pass for the Queer Film Screening: 1,800 yen

Advance ticket sales period: From May 27th(Saturday) until June 23rd(Friday) 24:00.




Short Films

Screening consecutively four short films in the special venue.

▶︎Another Hayride


Directed by Matt Wolf|2021|USA  18 min

​In the early 1980s, amidst the rampant spread of AIDS, Louise L. Hay, leading a self-help group, established a gathering called "Hayride." Attracting hundreds of gay men who were conscious of death and struggling with discrimination, Louise promised that they could overcome AIDS through "self-love." This documentary, featured on The New York Times website, carries a message of loving oneself as they are and acknowledging one another, making it a fitting piece for Pride Month.

▶︎Untitled (Bill T.Jones)


Directed by John Sanborn, Mary Perillo|1989年|USA  10 min

​Bill T. Jones celebrates the life and work of dancer and choreographer Arnie Zane. Bill T. Jones, a prominent American dancer and choreographer who collaborated with Keith Haring on body painting, posters, and stage sets, was a longtime partner of Zane, who passed away from AIDS in 1988. Jones skillfully invokes Zane's memory through fluid dance movements and photographs.

▶︎Beverly Glenn-Copeland (In the Making)

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Directed by Sean O'Neill |2019|Canada  22 min

Musician Beverly Glenn-Copeland, who gained worldwide reattention after 50 years, became the subject of interest when a record store in Niigata discovered and sold cassette tapes of his album released in 1986. In this film, his life of over 70 years is depicted through a journey to SHE Ye, Ye Records in Niigata. This documentary is one episode from Season 2 of the Canadian TV series "In the Making," originally aired on public television in Canada. 

(Subtitles provided by the Embassy of Canada)


▶︎Genius Loci


Directed by Adrien Merigeau|2019|France  16 mim

In a night of urban chaos, a lonely young person named Ren discovers something moving amidst the turmoil. It is something akin to a vivacious guide, using the techniques of painting in a beautiful visual portrayal by a director well-versed in 20th-century art, including watercolor and printmaking. This animated film captures attention with its unique expression of emotions and queerness. It has received awards at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and the New Chitose Airport International Animation Film Festival.

(Subtitles provided by the New Chitose Airport International Animation Film Festival)

Feature Film

▶︎Three Sad Tigers

Room of Hope, June 24th (Sat) 18:15 - 19:45


Directed by Gustavo Vinagre|2022|Brazil  84 min

In a near-future São Paulo, a virus that affects the brain spreads throughout the city, causing a decline in people's memory. It seems like the nation has forgotten the history of dictatorship and colonialism. Amidst a capitalist-infested city, three young queer individuals wander, sharing their experiences of living with HIV, encountering influencers, and spending time with unreliable adults. Along the way, they are led somewhere unknown.

Under the far-right Bolsonaro government and the COVID-19 pandemic, a rising young Brazilian filmmaker depicts today's Brazilian society with irony and humor. This film was highly acclaimed at international film festivals in 2022, capturing attention in Brazil.


▶︎So Pretty

Special venue, June 25th (Sun) 15:30 - 17:45


Directed by Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli|2019|USA  83 min

Based on a novel that explores the communism of four lovers living in 1980s Berlin, this film captures the lives of young individuals in a queer polyamorous community in New York, as they strive to live and survive together. As the director describes, the film incorporates the bodily sensations of dance music, and the scenes of the young people venturing into clubs express the emotions swirling within their bodies, occasionally illuminated by light in the darkness.

*This film contains sexual depictions and discussions of sexual topics.


Guest Talk

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June 24th, 17:00-18:00 at the Platform (exhibition room)

Guest : Sho Akita from Normal Screen

Guest talk  will be held  from 17:00 to 18:00 on June 24th.Our guest for the talk is Mr. Shoyo Akita, who is collaborating with us for this event and will introduce works and activities of artists that depict the experiences of sexual minorities regardless of time or region through the video screening series called "Normal Screen."

Whether you are new to queer films and would like to learn about them or if you are interested in exploring queerness from the perspective of film works, this talk is for you. We will discuss the themes "What is queer?" and "What is queer film?" It is an inclusive conversation that everyone can enjoy.


Screening Event Overview

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This screening event is organized in collaboration with the film screening series "Normal Screen."


Since the summer of 2015, "Normal Screen" has been primarily based in Tokyo, showcasing works and activities of artists that depict the experiences of sexual minorities, regardless of time or region. In the past, they have collaborated with theaters, communities, and organizations to screen films such as the Japanese premiere of the documentary on musician Arthur Russell, experimental films from Vietnam and Thailand, works from South Korea, and films related to AIDS activism.

Keith Haring: NY Downtown Renaissance Exhibition Related Event

June Pride Month Project

Nakamura Keith Haring Collection: Queer Film Screening

June 24, 2023 (Saturday) - June 25, 2023 (Sunday)

Day 1: 9:00 - 19:45 (Last ticket sale: 17:00)

Day 2: 9:00 - 17:00 (Last ticket sale: 16:00)

Organizer: Nakamura Keith Haring Collection

Collaboration: Normal Screen

Subtitle Collaboration:

Embassy of Canada, New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival

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