HOLLYWOODLAND: Behind the Scenes of the Academy Museum's New Exhibition Highlighting the Jewish Founders of Hollywood

Thursday, January 12, 2023, 2:00pm – 3:15pm EST

Join CANVAS for an off-the-record conversation with the makhers and makers behind the forthcoming Hollywoodland exhibition at the Academy of Motion Pictures Museum in Los Angeles on January 12, 2023 at 11amPT/2pmET.  

Hollywoodland, opening in November 2023, will trace the history of filmmaking in Los Angeles back to its roots at the beginning of the 20th century, illustrating how and why the city became the world capital of cinema that it still is today. With a focus on the predominantly Jewish founders of the early Hollywood studio system, the exhibition will delve into how their personal narratives shaped the distinct characteristics of the movies their respective studios produced, and contextualize the role of antisemitism in motivating their visionary efforts. 

We will be joined by Dara Jaffe, Associate Curator at the Academy Museum, who told The New York Times: "We want to answer the question of: Why Los Angeles?"..."Why is this the place where the world capital of cinema blossomed? It's not a coincidence that many of the founders are predominantly Jewish. It's a specifically Jewish story, and a specifically Jewish immigrant story."

Image Courtesy of the Margaret Herrick Library.


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