David Beck, Movie Palace, 1990, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Ken and Judy Siebel and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 2000.27
Movie Palace is an elaborate kinetic sculpture that combines Hollywood escapism with the innocent pleasures of windup toys. Beck remembers moviegoing as a social experience that is disappearing from American culture today. Crafting this lost world in miniature creates the kind of magic that films once had, when they transported audiences to distant lands and improbable adventures. The building combines the Renaissance, Moorish, and Egyptian styles that movie houses shamelessly borrowed in the good old days.
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84 x 40 x 22 in. (213.4 x 101.6 x 55.9 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Ken and Judy Siebel and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
- Architecture Exterior – civic – theater
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