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Current Exhibitions

 

September 26–December 19, 2014; Doheny Library Ground Floor
George Hurrell and the Golden Age of Hollywood Glamour
Hollywood’s “Golden Age” lasted from 1920 through 1950. It was a time when the public flocked to movie palaces to see cinematic idols. One photographer in particular shaped the notion of celebrity, using sultry pictures to transform Hollywood stars into gods and goddesses. When the public responded to these images, the studios grasped the value of his work, and used it to promote their movies. George Hurrell came to Southern California in 1925, expecting to be a landscape painter, but his photographic work soon gained the attention of Hollywood stars. In a few years he was MGM’s head portrait photographer. Over the next decade, he created a type of portraiture in which the subject was idealized through the use of stylized poses, dramatic contrast, and highly skilled retouching. The boldness and sensuality of his images was a striking departure from the genteel work of his contemporaries. Hurrell’s style was mimicked but never equaled, and his work is now recognized as fine-art photography.


Opening in mid-October 2014; Doheny Library Treasure Room
What Makes a Monster?
An exploration of everything monstrous in the universe, from fictional and mythical characters to real-life serial killers, microscopic pathogens to black holes, clowns, freak shows, and the Cthulhu mythos of H.P. Lovecraft.

Archive of Past Exhibitions