Coming of Age Excursion: National Portrait Gallery

Coming of Age Excursion: National Portrait Gallery

March 13, 2024
11:30 AM

Purchase Tickets

Wednesday, March 13 | $45

Join your Coming of Age friends for an exclusive docent-led tour of the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibit Star Power: Photographs from Hollywood’s Golden Era by George Hurrell. 

Transportation will be provided from two pick-up locations:

  • 9:45 AM from Leisure World
  • 10:15 AM from the Bender JCC

About the Exhibition

Widely regarded as the preeminent Hollywood portrait photographer of the 1930s and 1940s, George Hurrell (1904–1992) created definitive, timeless images of many of the most glamorous figures of filmdom’s golden era. Hurrell began his Hollywood career in 1930 as a photographer for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the studio (founded in 1924) that claimed to have “more stars than there are in heaven.” With a keen eye for lighting effects and artful posing, he developed a style of presentation that magnified the stars and influenced popular standards of glamour. Advancing rapidly to become MGM’s in-house portraitist, he produced memorable images of film royalty, from Joan Crawford and Clark Gable to Spencer Tracy and Greta Garbo. He established his own studio on Sunset Boulevard in 1933, where he continued to photograph actors for MGM as well as those under contract with other major studios. After closing his studio in 1938, Hurrell concluded the decade as the head of photography for Warner Bros.

Selected from the National Portrait Gallery’s collection by senior curator of photographs Ann Shumard, this exhibition features golden-era portraits that reveal Hurrell’s skill in shaping the images of Hollywood’s brightest stars.