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Made in Hollywood

Clarence Sinclair Bull, Elizabeth Taylor, 1948

Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation

July 10, 2010, through September 12, 2010

This exhibition celebrates the finest portraits and still photography produced during the heyday of the American film industry—1920 to 1960—now considered Hollywood’s Golden Age. It includes ninety-three photographs drawn from the London-based archive of the late author and collector John Kobal. This collection of the work of more than fifty photographers highlights portraits of film celebrities including Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Gloria Swanson, Clark Gable, and Humphrey Bogart. Through the skill and inventiveness of these photographers, the faces of Hollywood’s greatest stars were memorialized for generations of movie audiences.

Organized by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and presented at the Hood Museum of Art through the generous support of the Marie-Louise and Samuel R. Rosenthal Fund and the Ray Winfield Smith 1918 Fund.

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13 July,Tuesday, 12:30 P.M.
Second-floor galleries
Celebrity and Portraiture from the Renaissance to the Hollywood Era

T. Barton Thurber, Curator of European Art

15 July, Thursday, and 16 July, Friday 5:30-7:00 P.M.
Second-floor galleries
An Evening of Music “Made in Hollywood!”

The Hood collaborates with Opera North on a special presentation of Gian-Carlo Menotti’s one-act opera The Telephone. Written in 1947, The Telephone is accessible and wonderful: only 25 minutes long, sung in English, with believable dialogue and charming characters. Free and open to the public by reservation only on a first-come, first-served basis. Hood curator T. Barton Thurber will begin the program with a brief tour of the summer exhibition Made in Hollywood. For reservations, please email community_relations@

21 July,Wednesday, 6:30-8:00 P.M
Images Made in Hollywood
Come face-to-face with images of the greatest Hollywood stars working during the Golden Age of the American film industry. In this discussion-based workshop, we’ll explore the ways in which photographers transformed men and women visually into icons. Participation is limited. Call (603) 646-1469 to register.

23 July, Friday, 4:30 P.M.
Arthur M. Loew Auditorium
Made in Hollywood
Thirty-Five Years in the Dark: Movies, Art, and the Museum
Robert Dance, Dartmouth ’77 and author of Glamour of the Gods (2008), a survey of Hollywood photo-portraiture from the industry’s Golden Age, drawn from the extraordinary archive of the John Kobal Foundation in London. A public reception will follow in Kim Gallery.

24 July, Saturday, 2:00 P.M.
Made in Hollywood: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation

3 August,Tuesday, 12:30 P.M.
Second-floor galleries
Hollywood’s Golden Age: A Photographer’s Perspective
Brian Miller, Senior Lecturer in Studio Art, Dartmouth College

14 August, Saturday, 2:00 P.M.
Made in Hollywood: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation

11 September, Saturday, 2:00 P.M.
Made in Hollywood: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation

Last Updated: 5/26/11