As a lead up to next April’s TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, Turner Classic Movies and the Film Society of Lincoln Center are teaming up to present “Style and Motion: The Art of the Movie Poster,” an exhibit to highlight the personal collection of poster designer and producer Mike Kaplan.
Kaplan (The Whales of August, I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead) collaborated with several poster artists during his lifetime, including portrait artist Don Bachary (A Bigger Splash), graphic artist and psychedelic record jacket designer John Van Hamersveld (Welcome to L.A.) and British airbrush artist Philip Castle, who created the unforgettable poster for A Clockwork Orange.
Featured in the exhibit are some of the poster gems of the past half century, among them an original French poster for An American in Paris, the poster for the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers film Carefree, and caricaturist Al Hirschfeld’s creation for the 1940 film Strike Up the Band. The exhibit is international in scope, featuring posters from France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Sweden, the UK and the US.
The singer and actress Jane Powell (who is included in the exhibition on the poster for the musical classic Seven Brides for Seven Brothers) will join TCM host Robert Osborne on Nov. 15 for the official opening of the exhibit, where she will introduce a screening of the 1950 film Two Weeks with Love.
“Style and Motion: The Art of the Movie Poster” will run through the first of the year in Lincoln Center’s Furman Gallery. The exhibit marks the first of several events leading up to the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival, taking place in Hollywood from April 12-15. This year’s festival centers around the theme of style and the movies. Tickets go on sale this month, with the slate of films and guests to be announced in the next few months.