What Price Hollywood

Apr 8–20, 2019

A Free Soul. 1931. USA. Directed by Clarence Brown. Photo courtesy of MGM/Photofest

In support of the poster exhibition in the theater galleries, this series takes a focused look back at the nature of sexual politics on screen. During the studio system’s “golden age,” subtle, empowered star turns by Barbara Stanwyck, Louise Brooks, Bette Davis, Gloria Grahame, and others simultaneously upheld gender norms and hinted at alternative models of sexual identity. Yet later players, like Peggy Cummins in Gun Crazy, Marlene Clark and Duane Jones in Ganja & Hess, or Divine in Female Trouble, were given license to subvert gender limitations altogether.

Organized by Ron Magliozzi, Curator, and Brittany Shaw, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Film.

Support for the exhibition is provided by the Annual Film Fund. Leadership support for the Annual Film Fund is provided by the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation and Steven Tisch, with major contributions from Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), Yuval Brisker Charitable Foundation, The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston, Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin, Karen and Gary Winnick, and The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art.

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