Janet Blake, Curator of Early California Art at Laguna Art Museum:
I am looking forward to what will be a lively and informative presentation by Hurrell biographer Mark Vieira this Sunday afternoon, March 17. Mark is a leading authority and writer about the golden era of Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s, the era when Hurrell was in his prime as a renowned glamour photographer of the stars. Himself a photographer, Mark personally knew George Hurrell and from him learned his photographic techniques. In fact Mark occupies the same studio in Los Angeles first used by Hurrell in 1928.
Mark’s first book about the George Hurrell was Hurrell’s Hollywood Portraits, published in 1997. His second book, George Hurrell’s Hollywood: Glamour Portraits, 1925–1992, will be released in October of this year, and the museum will host a book-signing event for him. Mark’s presentation on Sunday will reveal new details about Hurrell’s experiences while living in Laguna Beach between 1925 and 1927 and how those experiences led to his Hollywood career.
This special lecture takes place in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition George Hurrell: Laguna to Hollywood, curated by Ms. Blake.