Made in Hollywood, Displayed in Toledo

Ernest Bachrach (United States, 1899–1973), Marilyn Monroe, RKO, 1952. Platinum print from the original negative printed in 2007. Courtesy of the John Kobal FoundationPicture it: the golden age of Hollywood where the likes of Clark Gable and Greta Garbo were transformed into gods and goddesses who ruled the screens and stole the hearts of adoring movie-goers. Equally significant but generally less recognizable are the photographers who helped launch these icons into stardom through their timeless photographs. This October Made in Hollywood: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation is making its way to the Toledo Museum of Art, showcasing more than 90 prints by the most important photographers working in Hollywood from 1920–1960. This exhibition celebrates the finest portraits and still photography drawn from the London-based archive of late author and collector John Kobal. The show highlights the importance of photography through the classic images of idols such as Marlene Dietrich, Jean Harlow, Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant and Humphrey Bogart. The traveling exhibition was organized in 2008 by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

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