Art of the Hollywood Backdrop

Background used for the Sound of Music

The Sound of Music (1965) Twentieth Century Fox,Production Designer, Boris Leven; Director, Robert Wise. Photo Credit: Karen Maness


Mon - Thu: 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Last exhibit entry at 4:00 pm

Fri - Sat: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Last exhibit entry at 5:30 pm

Sun: 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Last exhibit entry at 4:00 pm


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In almost every feature film of Hollywood's golden age, from "The Wizard of Oz" to "North by Northwest" to "Cleopatra" to "The Sound of Music," painted backings have convinced moviegoers that what they are seeing—whether the fantastic roads of Oz, the presidents of Mount Rushmore, or ancient Egyptian kingdoms—is absolutely real. These backings are at once intended to transport the audience and yet remain unseen for what they really are. 

The "Art of the Hollywood Backdrop" exhibition introduces America's unrecognized master scenic artists. These original, historic backdrops from the MGM studio all appeared during Hollywood's golden age.  Long guarded by the major studios as special effect secrets, these monumental illusions will transport viewers into cinematic history and reveal the breathtaking technical painting and drawing virtuosity of artists created specifically for the camera's eye. Featuring original backdrops from iconic films such as "The Sound of Music," "Singin' in The Rain," "Ben-Hur," and "North by Northwest," take a step behind the curtain for an unforgettable American art experience.


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