Lunchtime Lecture

“Lights! Paintbrush! Action!” Reginald Marsh’s A Paramount Picture


Mark Cole, Chair of Modern, Contemporary and Decorative Art and William P. and Amanda C. Madar Curator of American Painting and Sculpture

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Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 12:00 p.m.
Gartner Auditorium

Come to the CMA for a quick bite of art history. Every first Tuesday of each month, join curators, conservators, scholars, and other museum staff for 30-minute talks on objects currently on display in the museum galleries. 

Movies have a long history in providing escapist fare from everyday life. Set amid the Great Depression, Reginald Marsh’s A Paramount Picture  presents a scene in New York’s Times Square, where people have gathered around a theater showing the Cecil B. DeMille blockbuster Cleopatra. This lecture offers a “behind-the-scene” look at the painting, incorporating material from the artist’s archive to explain how it came into being. 

All education programs at the Cleveland Museum of Art are underwritten by the CMA Fund for Education. Generous annual support is provided by Gail Bowen in memory of Richard L. Bowen, Cynthia and Dale Brogan, Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Chapman Jr., the Jeffery Wallace Ellis Trust in memory of Lloyd H. Ellis Jr., the Sam J. Frankino Foundation, Florence Kahane Goodman, Janice Hammond and Edward Hemmelgarn, Eva and Rudolf Linnebach, Pamela Mascio, Sally and Larry Sears, the Thompson Family Foundation, and the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art.