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Made in Hollywood

Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation

July 10, 2010, through September 12, 2010
Clarence Sinclair Bull, Elizabeth Taylor

Clarence Sinclair Bull, Elizabeth Taylor, 1948, color print. Courtesy of the John Kobal Foundation.

Gene Kornman, Rita Casino (subsequently Hayworth)

Gene Kornman, Rita Casino (subsequently Hayworth), 1939, silver print. Courtesy of the John Kobal Foundation. 

Robert Coburn, Rita Hayworth for Gilda

Robert Coburn, Rita Hayworth for Gilda, 1946, silver print. Courtesy of the John Kobal Foundation. 

John Miehle, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers

John Miehle, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers for Swing Time, 1936, platinum print from the original negative. Courtesy of the John Kobal Foundation. 

Ernest A. Bachrach, Marilyn Monroe

Ernest A. Bachrach, Marilyn Monroe, 1952, platinum print from original negative. Courtesy of the John Kobal Foundation. 

Ernest A. Bachrach, Orson Welles

Ernest A. Bachrach, Orson Welles, 1940, silver print. Courtesy of the John Kobal Foundation. 

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.
Curated by Robert Dance

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