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New exhibit explores the career of Stanley Kubrick

25 Feb 2013 4:37 PM
New exhibit explores the career of Stanley Kubrick

Over the course of a career that lasted more than thirty years, Stanley Kubrick won a raft of awards and extensive international fame. Surprisingly, though, no U.S. museum has hosted an exhibit dedicated solely to his unparalleled body of work - until now.

A new show at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is chronicles the barrier-breaking and much-heralded film career of Kubrick, who died in 1999. With an impressive collection of artifacts, movie clips, interviews and images, the exhibit has already become one of the most popular in the city and an important installment in the analysis of this cinematic legend. 

Although Kubrick earned the bulk of his fame for directing such silver-screen classics as 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange and The Shining, the British-born artist also contributed to the art world in many other ways. The current exhibit, which runs through June 30, delves deeply into Kubrick's early career, when he was a struggling photographer in New York City. Copies of Look and other magazines that featured Kubrick's photographs are on display at the exhibit, giving guests a rare glimpse into his early career.

From there, the exhibit moves into the more famous territory of Kubrick's film career. Annotated scripts, production photography, cameras and lenses, costumes and props help visitors gain insight into the process Kubrick used to make movies. On set, he was a notoriously prickly and perfection-seeking director, and the museum's extensive collection of interviews and behind-the-scenes footage shed new light on this aspect of his personality.

The most interesting aspect of the exhibit for Kubrick acolytes may be the inclusion of two uncompleted projects, "Napoleon" and "The Aryan Papers." For people already familiar with the director's more famous works, these two lost gems are sure to provide a better understanding of Kubrick's evolution and guiding artistic principles.  

According to Dwell, the exhibit is a multimedia experience with a wide range of offerings that help stretch the museum's traditional boundaries and encourage interaction and repeat visits. Over the last few years, the LACMA has made a concerted effort to more fully explore the intersection between art and film, and this exhibit may be the best example of this quest yet - and another benefit of owning Los Angeles real estate