Stanley Kubrick Exhibit at LACMA

Back in NYC after a great trip to L.A. Along with tons of other fun stuff–such as gawking at this contortionist at a club in West Hollywood
I checked out the Stanley Kubrick exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
(Admittedly, I fell for it when my friend said, “No–it’s not Stanley Kubrick’s work on display. It’s Lamar Kubrick. Do you still want to go?” No joke, I really believed there was some tragic, tortured Lamar Kubrick churning out films in obscurity. Something about the relentless sunny skies and cheerful smiles in L.A. puts me off my game I guess.)

Anyway–if you get the chance, you should see this exhibit (and the contortionist, actually.)
The exhibit offers some great analysis on reoccurring themes, motifs and colors in his films. There are newspaper clippings, outraged letters about “Lolita” and marked up scripts to peruse. But the most visually arresting elements are the actual set pieces/props and costumes from all of Kubrick’s films as well as extraordinary replicas on display.
Among other cinematic artifacts, there’s this spacesuit from “2001:A Space Odyssey”
The creepy baby from “2001: A Space Odyssey”
Replica Costumes and set pieces from “A Clockwork Orange”
And the actual typewriter from “The Shining”
Then, you can head back outside and check out the tar pits, which I find so fascinating and eerie that they inspired me to write a short story about them.

As for Lamar Kubrick…well, maybe some day his star will shine.


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