Boca Raton Museum of Art opens “Art of the Hollywood Backdrop” exhibition

This is your chance to see some of your favorite childhood movies come to life. The Boca Raton Museum of Art is hosting the “Art of the Hollywood Backdrop: Cinema’s Creative Legacy” from April 20 through January 22, 2023. “Twenty-two fabulous backdrops by artists who have never had screen credit. So this exhibit celebrates the unsung artists who were masters of illusion and created these gigantic canvases for movies like ‘Sound of Music,'” Irvin Lippman, executive director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, told WPBF 25. News. And a few other movie artworks include “North by Northwest” and “Singin’ in the Rain.” “It’s the first time they’ve been on display and the first time we’ve really celebrated the men behind And that’s really what this exhibit celebrates, it’s just a fabulous opportunity to step back in time to 1938 to the mid-60s, when before the digital age, backdrops were actually hand painted by these studio artists in Los Angeles primarily for MGM,” Lipman said. “The art of art was not noticing art. If that makes sense. I mean, it was all part of completing a complete world. So if you see art, that means it doesn’t work well. The whole idea was to create art that the camera would think was real.” Thomas A. Walsh, co-curator with Karen L. Maness of Hollywood Backdrop Art, told WPBF 25 News. Visitors can also follow in the footsteps of Donald O’Connor in “Singin’ in the Rain.” “We were able to recreate a moment where people can have their picture taken, we have clips from the movie, and then they can actually go sit on the couch,” Walsh said. Twenty of the backdrops in the exhibition come from the collection of the University of Texas, Austin, while two of them were obtained from the Academy of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. “We’re shooting, opening the door to wonderful pieces of film art culture,” Walsh said. For more information on the Boca Raton Art Museum, click here.

This is your chance to see some of your favorite childhood movies come to life.

The Boca Raton Museum of Art is hosting the “Art of the Hollywood Backdrop: Cinema’s Creative Legacy” from April 20 to January 22, 2023.

“Twenty-two fabulous sets made by artists who never had screen credit. This exhibition therefore celebrates the unsung artists who were masters of illusion and created these gigantic canvases for films such as” Sound of Music,” Irvin Lippman, the executive director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, told WPBF 25 News.

And some other artwork from movies include “North by Northwest” and “Singin’ in the Rain.”

“It’s the first time they’ve been on display and the first time we’ve really celebrated the men who make them. And that’s really what this exhibit celebrates, it’s just a fabulous opportunity to step back in time from 1938 to the mid-’60s, when before the digital age, backdrops were actually hand painted by these studio artists in LA, mostly for MGM,” Lippman said.

“The art of art was not noticing art. If that makes sense. I mean, it was all part of completing a complete world. So if you see art, that means it doesn’t work well. The whole idea was to create art that the camera would think was real.” Thomas A. Walsh, co-curator with Karen L. Maness of Hollywood Backdrop Art, told WPBF 25 News.

Visitors can also follow in the footsteps of Donald O’Connor in “Singin’ in the Rain.”

“We were able to recreate a moment where people can have their picture taken, we have clips from the movie and then they can go sit on the couch,” Walsh said.

Twenty of the backdrops in the exhibition come from the collection of the University of Texas, Austin, while two of them were obtained from the Academy of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles.

“We’re shooting, opening the door to wonderful pieces of film art culture,” Walsh said.

For more information on the Boca Raton Art Museum, click here.

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