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Made in Hollywood: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation at the Hood Museum of Art

The exhibition showcases original vintage images of the greatest stars working during the golden age of the American film industry (1920-1960). Open through through September 12, 2010.

They were taken by the most important photographers working to support the Hollywood studio system and feature portraits of Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Gloria Swanson, Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, and many other film celebrities. The glossy platinum- and silver-print photographs bring back the icons of a bygone era that captivated generations of movie audiences.

John Kobal was a pioneer Hollywood historian, and one of the first to examine seriously the photographs taken to promote the stars and their films. The exhibition has been drawn from the extraordinary archive of the London-based John Kobal Foundation, created in 1990 at the time of the collector’s death.

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.

Image: Clarence Sinclair Bull, Elizabeth Taylor, 1948, color print. Courtesy of the John Kobal Foundation. On view in the exhibition Made in Hollywood.

Hood Museum of Art
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755

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