Clarence Sinclair Bull, Hedy Lamarr, 1939
KNOXVILLE, TN.- The Knoxville Museum of Art presents Made in Hollywood: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation, May 8 – September 9, 2009. Drawn from the rich archive at the John Kobal Foundation in London, this exhibition focuses on the stars, the sets, and the scenes created by the film industry and memorialized by the most important photographers who worked in Hollywood from 1920 to 1960. Featuring more than 90 vintage prints, Made in Hollywood offers a glimpse into the world of fantasy, glamour, and perfection that the image makers produced. John Kobal (1940-1991) was a leading Hollywood historian who collected prints by some of most important photographers working in Hollywood during its golden era: Ernest Bachrach, Margaret Bourke-White, Nikolas Muray, Clarence Sinclair Bull, Eugene Richee, George Hurrell, and many others. Their subjects are drawn from the pantheon of the greatest stars produced during the golden age of Hollywood: Garbo, Dietrich, Swanson, Cooper, Harlow, Gable, Hepburn, Bogart, and many others.
From Knoxville the exhibition travels to West Palm Beach, Frankfurt, and London.
A members-only reception takes place Saturday, May 9, 6:30 – 8pm with an illustrated talk by exhibition curator Robert Dance in the KMA auditorium at 5:30pm and remarks in the gallery at 7:15pm.
Presenting sponsor is Regal Entertainment Group. Additional sponsorship provided by Jupiter Entertainment. Media sponsors include AT&T Real Yellow Pages, digital media graphix, Method Bureau, and WBIR. Organized by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art; illustrated catalogue available.