Hollywood

Thomas Hart Benton "Hollywood"
Inventory
Collection Number: 
17282
Building: 
Current Location: 
Missouri Valley Room
Floor: 
5th
Object Description
Artist Dates: 
1889-1975
Artist Nationality: 
American
Object Type: 
Details: 
Poster reproduction of the Thomas Hart Benton's "Hollywood". The poster highlights American Paintings at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri.
Framed: 
Yes
 - Glass
Length: 
35 1/4 inches
Width: 
3/4 inch
Height: 
30 3/4 inches
Description: 

Taken from the gallery label of the original work on display at the Nelson-Atkins: "Hollywood resulted from Thomas Hart Benton's Life magazine-sponsored excursion to Tinseltown in the summer of 1937. The composition unites various aspects of movie-making, revealing Benton's fascination with what he called "the machinery of the industry" responsible for cinematic effects. A centrally positioned and scantily clad female figure presides over this chaotic universe, symbolizing the quintessential blonde starlet of the period and possibly evoking Kansas City-born Jean Harlow, who had recently died. The background references the musical"In Old Chicago" that related to events from the Great Fire of 1871. The poster was likely created as an advertisement to highlight the museum's collection.

Reproduce the Work in Library publications/publicity, including film or videotape: 
Yes
Make slides or videotapes for educational use: 
Yes
Permit the general public to photograph the work : 
Yes