Texas Performing Arts presents "Behind the Scenes: The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop"

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"Behind the Scenes: The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop"
Young Bess (MGM 1953), exterior view of Westminster Abbey in the 1950s, 40’ x 20’-2” Photo courtesy of Texas Performing Arts

The vast Bass Concert Hall Stage turns gallery as Texas Performing Arts presents "Behind the Scenes: The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop." Guests can visit mid-century Hollywood without leaving Austin through an up-close view of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio assets. This first-ever public viewing of 12 historic Golden Age of film backdrops provides a look into the nearly lost art of hand-painted Hollywood motion picture scenic art.

In 2012, the Art Director’s Guild Archives began the Backdrop Recovery Project, an effort to preserve the legacy of Hollywood’s motion picture scenic artists. This resulted in the preservation of 207 historic backings, creating the world’s most comprehensive archive of Hollywood scenic art history. ADG donated these historic drops to museums, motion picture archives, and academic institutions, including The University of Texas at Austin through the Texas Performing Arts scenic studio. Texas Performing Arts now houses 50 MGM backdrops used to educate the next generation of scenic artists for stage and screen.

Reservations for timed admission tickets are available from February 11 through April 18.

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Bass Concert Hall
2350 Robert Dedman Dr.
Austin, TX 78712


Box Office Hours

Mon - Fri: 11am - 6pm

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