The Art of the Dance Movie Poster
November 15, 2013 – February 8, 2014
Curated by Jeff Phillips
The William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art is proud to present Gotta Dance!, a special exhibition of vintage film posters from the collection of Award-Winning Design Director Mike Kaplan.
While the motion picture is recognized as the most influential art form of the 20th century, the movie poster has seldom received the recognition it deserves, viewed mainly as a sidebar of popular culture. This exhibition is an opportunity to focus on the film poster as a unique, under-appreciated art form and to underline the diversity in which dance has been used as a dominant image in both musical and non-musical films.
Over forty distinct pieces of varying sizes and rarity comprise Gotta Dance!, the majority dating from The Golden Age of Movie Poster Design (1930–1950), many from various international origins, including the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Argentina, and Poland.
All events are free and open to the public, no reservations required.
Saturday, December 14, 2013 | 2:00–4:00 pm
Saturday, February 1, 2014 | 2:00–4:00 pm
About the Gallery
The William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art, located adjacent to the William Rolland Stadium, opened in October 2011 with an exhibit of bronze statuary and paintings from the collection of William Rolland. Since then the gallery has held many exhibits including: "Western Saloon" featuring statues and paintings from the Bob Eubanks and William Rolland Collections; Resonating Images I 1900-1950 featuring representational masterpiece paintings, drawings and prints from the first half of the 20th century; and Resonating Images II, exhibiting representational works by modern and contemporary masters including Chuck Close, Fernando Botero, and Picasso. Exhibitions rotate approximately 4-5 times a year.
The Gallery also hosts a parallel educational series of events. The specific events vary by exhibition, but typically include a "Modern Variations" musical performance and a lecture by a professional in the visual arts.
For-credit internships are available for students pursuing a museum studies minor/liberal study major or art major. These internships give students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working in a university museum-standards gallery setting.
For information about the gallery's current exhibitions or student internships please call (805) 493-3697 or email email@example.com
About the Collector
Rolland started as a collector in the mid-1950s, buying a 500 pound bronze statue of a boy on an electrical generator by turn-of-the-century German sculptor Hugo Kaufmann, a tribute to Germany's power industry.
Besides bronzes – including some large, muscular sculptures from the home of Elizabeth Taylor – the collection has Murano glass, oil and watercolor paintings, winning Indianapolis racing cars from three eras, and other high-performance cars. Additional curiosities include a letter penned by Mark Twain.
The gallery contains only a small part of the collection, which Rolland and his wife Kay Green are still assembling. He intends to donate it to Cal Lutheran over time.