Stanley Kubrick retrospective on tap

AMPAS, LACMA to co-present major look at filmmaker's work

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will co-present an exhibition of the work of Stanley Kubrick beginning in November, billing it as the first U.S. retrospective of the famed director.

AMPAS chief exec Dawn Hudson called the event “a taste of things to come” with regards to the growing partnership between the film academy and LACMA, which forged an agreement to create the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in the LACMA West building at Wilshire and Fairfax.

“This is a major step in the Academy’s plan to create a premier movie museum in Los Angeles,” Acad prexy Hawk Koch said, adding that the retrospective “will provide visitors the opportunity to experience Kubrick’s iconic work as well as his influence on our culture.”

The exhibition will include archival material, annotated scripts, photography, costumes, cameras and equipment, set models, original promotional materials and props, and it will aim to articulate Kubrick’s fine arts, design and architecture influences. There will also be sections dedicated to projects that were never completed (as well as an alternate opening to “2001: A Space Odyssey”) and to special effects developed by Kubrick and his team.

“By featuring this legendary filmmaker and his oeuvre in his first retrospective within the context of an art museum, Stanley Kubrick will re-evaluate how we define the artist in the 21st century,” LACMA chief exec and director Michael Govan said, “and simultaneously expand upon LACMA’s commitment to exploring the intersection of art and film.”

Kubrick will also be part of LACMA’s 2012 Art + Film Gala, set for Oct. 27.

The Kubrick retrospective originated at Frankfurt’s Deutsches Filmmuseum and has since traveled to Berlin, Melbourne, Ghent, Zurich, Rome, Paris and Amsterdam. However, LACMA’s presentation will evolve the exhibition, including design by film production designer Patti Podesta.

The art museum’s increasing emphasis on film-related programming — after nearly eliminating its film program three years ago — has been buoyed by members of its board of trustees with Hollywood ties, including Steve Tisch, who is helping to underwrite the Kubrick exhibition.

“I am glad to support this important retrospective of one of the greatest filmmakers of all time,” Tisch said. “This is one more example of LACMA’s commitment to film as an art form, along with past exhibitions like ‘Tim Burton’ and ‘Dali: Painting & Film’ and recent acquisitions like Christian Marclay’s The Clock.”

LACMA board co-chair and former WB chairman Terry Semel said: “I had the great privilege of working with Stanley on many of his films, including ‘Barry Lyndon,’ ‘The Shining,’ ‘Full Metal Jacket’ and ‘Eyes Wide Shut.’ I am thrilled to see his work honored in a museum setting.”

The retrospective at LACMA begins Nov. 1 and runs through June 30. In conjunction, the film academy will host its own events beginning with a Nov. 7 salute to Stanley Kubrick, featuring film clips and a conversation hosted by Malcolm McDowell (“A Clockwork Orange”), along with an exhibition that will remain open through February.

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