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Things To Do On a Rainy Day In Huntsville

By: Huntsville Real Estate Expert Mike Manosky On July 7, 2014

Summer is time for having fun in the sun but you may want to know about some things to do on a have a rainy day in Huntsville for those less than sunny days. The Huntsville Museum of Art is offering ‘Al Hirschfeld: A Celebration of Hollywood and Broadway‘ now through Sept 4, 2014.

things to do on a rainy dayThe show features nearly 50 drawings and prints spanning Hirschfeld’s career and gather together icons from the Great White Way and the Silver Screen including John Wayne, Carol Channing, Richard Burton, Zero Mostel, Elizabeth Taylor, Katherine Hepburn, and Marlon Brando.

Among the art in this new show is a lithograph of Marilyn Monroe’s famous sewer grate scene from The Seven Year Itch; Clark Gable as Rhett Butler, and a white haired Charlie Chaplin, drawn during a Hirschfeld interview in 1942. A sultry drawing of Sophia Loren entwined with Anthony Perkins from their 1962 film, Five Miles To Midnight also greets visitors to the exhibition.

The name Al Hirschfeld has virtually been synonymous with Broadway since his first theatrical drawing was published in December 1926. But by then, he was a six-year veteran of movie studio publicity and art departments, having already worked for Goldwyn, Universal, Pathé, Selznick, Fox, First National, and Warner Brothers. This exhibition highlights his contributions to both the theater and film worlds. “Hirschfeld was the court artist for all the performing arts,” says David Leopold, Archivist of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation, “but he drew more of Broadway and Hollywood than anything else…or anyone else.

The artwork covers a staggering 71 years of popular culture in America, from an autographed drawing of vaudeville comedian Billy B. Van from 1929 to a gouache painting of Groucho Marx from 2000. The Huntsville Museum of Art brings the best of Hirschfeld to Alabama.

Information brought to you by Mike Manosky, Huntsville real estate broker.

 

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