Before Hollywood became the epicenter of the film industry, Paris was the city where this burgeoning art form first flourished. Installed at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (LACMA), a new exhibition explores cinema, from obscure entertainment to the most powerful mode of visual expression of the 20th century.
Produced in collaboration with the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, “Cité du Cinéma: Paris 1850-1907” presents paintings, sculptures, posters, prints, photographs and films to reflect the range of artistic experiences that have led to the cinema as a mass medium. . Focusing on 19th-century Parisian visual culture, the exhibition questions how various pioneers, such as the Light Brothers, Georges Méliès and Jules Cheret developed a new way of observing images.
the exposure is currently on view at LACMA through July 10, but for those not in the LA area, you can check out a preview in the gallery above. In addition, to accompany the exhibition, a sumptuous catalog published by DelMonico Books, available for purchase on the LACMA Online Store for $55.
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