The Hollywood Portraits of George Hurrell


Now through June 30

Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s was a different world from what it is today – movie stars were afforded a divine status. The image said it all, and no one defined glamour better than portrait artist George Hurrell. As a publicity photographer for the mega dream factory MGM movie studio, Hurrell turned mere actors and actresses into immortals on film. The still portrait photo was never the same. Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Road, recently opened the exhibition The Hollywood Portraits of George Hurrell, which includes those of legends like Gary Cooper, Greta Garbo, Bette Davis, Clark Gable, Katharine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich (shown) among many others. His use of light and shadows made Hurrell a powerful artist both then and now. Philbrook is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday (open until 8 p.m. Thursday). Admission is $7-$9. For more, visit


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