Paul Simon with Ladysmith Black Mambazo during the Graceland tour (left to right: Joseph Shabalala, Miriam Makeba, Okyerema Asante, Paul Simon, and Ray Phiri), Zimbabwe, 1987. Photograph by Luise Gubb. Courtesy of Paul Simon Archive.

Film

Under African Skies

Friday, May 12, 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)*

About the Program

Nominated for three Emmys, this documentary traces the turbulent origins and lasting impact of Paul Simon’s landmark album Graceland.

In 1985, breaking the United Nations’ cultural boycott of South Africa, Simon traveled to Johannesburg to record what would become a milestone in music history—a masterful fusion of musical styles that brought South African culture and politics into the popular American consciousness. Even though the album received praise around the globe, some were critical of Simon’s trip to South Africa.

Twenty-five years later, the documentary follows Simon to South Africa to face his original critics and revisit the people, places, and music that first inspired him. Directed by Joe Berlinger. (2012, 108 min. No MPAA rating.) 

*Arrive early to view the exhibition! Ticket includes admission to Late-Night! Paul Simon: Words & Music, offering access to rare nighttime gallery hours from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., plus a Museum Director tour at 7:00 p.m., food trucks, and a cash bar.

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Watch the trailer for Under African Skies.