|Museum of Fine Arts, Boston|
The first exhibit was a collection of photographs by Yousuf Karsh entitled Karsh Goes Hollywood. This exhibition was in one of the lobbies near the information desk and food court. Not ideal but it gave the photographs much more exposure to museum guests than one tucked away would have.
Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002) was a renowned photographer who captured the portraits of many important figures including authors, musicians, dignitaries and actors among others. The MFA's exhibition focused on Karsh's photographs of classic Hollywood figures. These notable members of the Hollywood elite included: Judy Garland, Walt Disney, Laurence Olivier, Leslie Caron, Elizabeth Taylor, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Princess Grace, Alfred Hitchcock, Joan Crawford, Audrey Hepburn, Clark Gable, Anita Ekberg, Gregory Peck, Sydney Greenstreet, Bette Davis, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff.
The 20 figures were presented in a "who's who" kind of fashion. A visitor would walk through the exhibit, examining each portrait and trying to guess the person. The pieces were not labeled but each came with a hint, usually a line of dialogue from a notable film the person was associated with. There was a key with the list of all the names for people to reference once they were done guessing.
|Joan Crawford, 1948 - Yousuf Karsh|
|Lauren Bacall, 1966 and Elizabeth Taylor, 1946 - Yousuf Karsh|
|Yousuf Karsh exhibit at the MFA, Boston|
|Carlos checking out the Yousuf Karsh exhibit at the MFA, Boston|
|Anita Ekberg, 1956 and Clark Gable, 1948 - Yousuf Karsh|
|Sydney Greenstreet, 1946 and Gregory Peck, 1946 - Yousuf Karsh|
After the Yousuf Karsh exhibit, we made our way through the museum and found ourselves in the Contemporary Art section. Last time I was here, I saw this amazing Hollywood Stars Paper Dress. It wasn't there this time but I came across another piece that was equally dazzling.
|Double Blue Barbra (The Jewish Jackie Series), 1992 - Deborah Kass|
My good friend Frank had told me about the next exhibit and I'm glad he did because I would have missed it otherwise. Hollywood Glamour: Fashion and Jewelry from the Silver Screen showcases the costumes (evening gowns, dresses, evening jackets, etc.) and accessories from a very elegant time in film history. The pieces ranged from the late 1920s to the early 1940s with a primary focus on the 1930s. None of the pieces were, by themselves, notable but presented together it was showcase of glamour that would appeal to classic film fans and fashion devotees alike.
The exhibit was very crowded and considering the tight quarters it was difficult to maneuver around all the people to view each piece. It took a while but I managed to take in every single one. On a screen in the back, they looped film clips of the actresses wearing the pieces on display. It was quite exciting to stand next to a costume worn by Norma Shearer or Gloria Swanson. I nearly fainted when I saw Jean Harlow's dress from Bombshell.
|Hollywood Glamour: Fashion and Jewelry from the Silver Screen Exhibit - MFA, Boston|
|Sign for the Hollywood Glamour exhibit|
|Hollywood Glamour Exhibit|
|Joan Craword photo and Gloria Swanson, 1927 by Edward Steichen|
|Marlene Dietrich's hostess gown for Desire (1936), designed by Travis Banton|
|Mary Ellis' evening gown for Paris in Spring (1935), designed by Travis Banton|
|Carole Lombard's evening dress for No Man of Her Own (1932), designed by Travis Banton|
|Betty Grable's evening gown in This Way Please (1937), designed by Edith Head|
|Betty Hutton's jacket and pants for The Perils of Pauline (1947), designed by Edith Head|
|Greer Garson's blouse and skirt for Julia Misbehaves (1948), designed by Irene|
|Norma Shearer's evening jacket for Her Cardboard Lover (1942), designed by Robert Kalloch|
|Mae West's dress for Every Day's a Holiday (1938), designed by Elsa Schiaparelli|
|Jean Harlow's evening gown for Bombshell (1933), designed by Gilbert Adrian|
|Joan Crawford's dress for This Modern Age (1931), designed by Gilbert Adrian|
|Gloria Swanson's evening dress for What a Widow! (1930), designed by Rene Hubert|
|Line-up of costumes|
|Jewelry display including pieces owned by Ginger Rogers, Myrna Loy and Joan Crawford|
|Letters and other art|
|Film clip being screened of Carole Lombard in No Man of Her Own (1932)|
The Karsh Goes Hollywood and Hollywood Glamour exhibitions can be seen at the MFA in Boston until March 8th, 2015.