Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Avedon's Foray into Film

By Alexander Jarman, SDMA Manager of Public Programs

Richard Avedon made a long, important and successful career out of capturing fame through the medium of photography. The Museum’s current exhibition of Avedon’s work, Portraits of Power, presents this prolific career of chronicling important leaders, activists and politicians. The show is interesting in part because it explores images the artist was passionate about, but not as well known for- Avedon’s popularity was fueled by his work in fashion photography.

The artist’s own life and work was turned into celebrity through the 1957 release of Funny Face, a film starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. Funny Face was both a Broadway play in 1927 and a film in 1957, but that is where most of the similarity ends. The two productions were radically different in terms of plot, though Fred Astaire did play the lead in both versions. His character for the film, Dick Avery, was based on-as you might have guessed by now- Richard Avedon. Paramount Pictures hired Avedon as a consultant for the film and he actually produced some of its still photography, including the now iconic image of Audrey Hepburn in the darkroom.

This Thursday, August 20th, the Museum will be screening Funny Face in its upstairs galleries. I invite you all to come to the Museum, view our Portraits of Power exhibition and see a classic film on fashion photography.

Thursday, August 20

Film Screening: Funny Face

7:00 p.m.

Hibben Gallery

Free after Museum Admission

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