Aaah, it’s that time of year again…spring has just sprung on its way into summer, Jacaranda leaves are falling through the air and onto wet urban oil slicks, night birds are singing, eclipsed only by LAPD sirens, bullfrogs are croaking, competing only with the crickets (okay maybe not in L.A. but somewhere within these 50 majestic United States) and the Hollywood Museum is currently gearing up in celebration of “Gay Heritage Month” via its third annual exhibit to beat all exhibits in its latest incarnation of “Reel to Real: Portrayals and Perceptions of Gays in Hollywood!” Developed in alliance with City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, this ground breaking showcase highlights the richly chronicled tapestry of LGBT history from the perspective of Hollywood past to present day!
A more than fascinating, not to mention detailed, retrospective centering around LGBT portrayals in film and television, the exhibit will include costumes, props, photos and seminal imagery centering around the LGBT movement over the last 100 years from the silent film era, to mainstream film and TV, all the way into today’s most exciting and enterprising new digital platforms!
“The museum welcomes the opportunity to create and showcase this important exhibition, sharing with the public the artistic expression of the LGBT culture and its transformative impact on the world through the entertainment industry,” proudly declares president and Hollywood Museum founder Donelle Dadigan.
And when you witness what this exhibit’s got in store, then and only then, will you further comprehend Dadigan’s extreme exhilaration concerning the revisited display. For included in the presentation are the following: costumes from “Transparent,” the revolutionary new transgender themed TV show featuring Jeffrey Tambor as the pioneering Maura Pfefferman; “The Danish Girl” centering around Eddie Redmayne’s costumes and portrayal of Einer Wegener/Lili Elbe; “Orange is the New Black” pertaining to the clothing and character of Laverne Cox as Sophia; “Ru Paul’s Drag Race,” Ray Donovan featuring Katherine Moenning as Lena; “Arrested Development” hearkening back to the guest starring role graced by none other than Liza Minnelli; “Cabaret” celebrating Joel Grey as the Emcee; Cyndi Lauper’s costume worn as Grand Marshall in “Toronto’s Gay Pride” (2015) and a superb and sundry surplus of others…
Fully fleshed-out exhibits encompass Al Hirshfield’s celebrated caricatures, illustrious costumes of the most colorful kind, courtesy of Tinsel Town’s top theatrical trend-setters featuring the likes of Mr. Blackwell, Bob Mackie, Rhett Turner, Nolan Miller, Edith Head, then continuing on, contemporary style to “Project Runway” featuring Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum, dresses and designs from “Days of Our Lives,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and Have Nots,” “Two and a Half Men,” “True Blood,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “The Good Wife” and further gussets and gathers galore!!!
Historically speaking, defining recorded moments from LA’s LGBT history will also be on display; in particular, the Black Cat Riots of 1967 along with the eminent sign formerly gracing the welcoming wagon of Barney’s Beanery in West Hollywood!
Among organizations that helped donate to make the display possible, the Hollywood Museum would formally like to thank ABC, Amazon Studios, BBC America, CBS, Discovery Life, Focus Features, HBO, Logo, NBC, Netflix, OWN, Showtime, TLC, 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures along with establishments specifically serving the LGBT community encompassing ONE Archives, Christopher Street West, The Lavender Effect, and the GLAAD Awards.
“Reel to Real: Portrayals and Perceptions of Gays in Hollywood” can be viewed at the Hollywood Museum aka the Old Max Factor Building beginning Friday June 10th through Sunday September 4th.
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