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For Immediate Release (00-43)
Date: August 17, 2000
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952 (pager: 301-930-2880)

Hollywood’s Golden Era On Display at Montgomery College Gallery
VTC Gallery Opens With Portraits of Familiar Faces From Hollywood.

Rockville, MD -- Photographic portraits of Hollywood’s most familiar faces of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s will be on exhibit at Montgomery College’s Visual Communications Technologies’ Gallery, starting August 23.

More than 100 black and white studio stills of such stars as Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, John Wayne, and Marilyn Monroe create a nostalgic look at the way Hollywood was and provide a glimpse into Hollywood’s ability to make stars out of ordinary folks.

“These are not your usual images of these stars,” said Dan Voss, a professor of advertising art at Montgomery College, who put together the exhibit. “You can see in these portraits how Hollywood glamorized and, in some cases, even changed the looks of individuals to transform them into stars.”

The show, which is entitled “Movie Stills,” represents the work of a handful of studio photographers who created millions of prints during the golden era of Hollywood’s studio system for producing movies. To help viewers navigate the exhibit, the portraits are grouped into a variety of categories, among them Early Idols, Leading Men and Women, Horrors, Teams and Couples, Make up and Make Believe.

The gallery, which is located in the Technical Building on the Rockville Campus, will host an opening reception for the exhibit on September 13, between 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. In addition, Voss will give two “gallery talks” for those who are interested in more background and details about the stills and the show. The “gallery talks” are scheduled for September 12 and September 13, starting at 2 p.m. The show runs until October 5. For more information, call 240-567-7535.

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