On October 7th, Made in Hollywood: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation travels to the Toledo Museum of Art, showcasing more than 90 prints by the most important photographers working in Hollywood from 1920–1960. The iconic presentation celebrates the finest portraits and still photography drawn from the London-based archive of late author and collector John Kobal. The program highlights the importance of photography through the classic images of idols such as Marlene Dietrich, Jean Harlow, Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, and Cary Grant.
Master photographers George Hurrell, Clarence Sinclair Bull and Ruth Harriet Louise shot these leading stars through their iconic imagery, utilizing dramatic lighting, unique camera angles, and deft retouching. They captured the magic Hollywood symbolized by immortalizing the actors, the scenes, and the sets that the movie studios created.
The traveling exhibition was organized in 2008 by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Also shown at the National Portrait Gallery in London (they garnered a record-setting amount of visitors), Made in Hollywood makes its final stop in Toldedo through January 2013.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. On Halloween, visit the museum dressed as one of the icons from the Made in Hollywood exhibition, and admission is FREE! Walk the red carpet, wave to the paparazzi and rub elbows with other celebrities.
The exhibit is supported in part by a grant program provided by the Ohio Arts Council, and funded by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. A companion book Glamour of the Gods features more than 200 images drawn from the Kobal archive, and is available in the Museum Store.
While in Ohio, check out this one-of-a-kind visual attraction at the fine Toledo Museum of Art if you’re searching for memories from Hollywood’s Golden Age.
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