NEW BRITAIN - A new exhibit is coming to the New Britain Museum of American Art on Nov. 9 focused on Ghanain movie posters.
“Ghana Paints Hollywood” is set to be a vibrant exhibition featuring over 50 hand-painted movie posters created by Ghanaian artists in the mid-1980s to the early 1990s - the “Golden Age” of the artwork.
The posters will present a cross-cultural conversation, exploring how other nations depict the United States through avenues of creative expression.
Hired by local distributors to advertise movie screenings throughout Ghana’s countryside, “Ghana Paints Hollywood” reveals the unique artistic skills of their creators as well as the wide variety of Hollywood films that attracted the Ghanaian public, including “Coming to America,” “The Matrix,” “Indiana Jones” and “Rocky.”
The artists, such as Joe Mensah, Gilbert Forson, Leonardo and Death Wonder, created hand-painted movie posters – known as “crowd-pullers” - often without ever having viewed the film depicted, instead drawing upon their imaginations to create their compelling and dramatic scenes of action, comedy, drama and horror.
This phenomenon of Hollywood films resulted from a few factors: the emergence and accessibility of video cassette tapes, limited printing technology, restrictive import laws of the time, and film distributors who utilized portable gas powered generators, 20-inch TV monitors, speakers, and VCRs to create a mobile cinema tradition throughout Ghana.
“Ghana Paints Hollywood” will be on view to Feb. 19 in the museum’s Stitzer Family Gallery and Robert & Dorothy Vance Gallery. There will be a members only opening reception on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m.
Hours of operation are Sunday through Wednesday and Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission is free for members and children under 12, $15 for adults, $12 for seniors ages 62 and up and $10 for youth ages 13-17 and students. Saturday admission is free from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
For more information, visit nbmaa.org or call 860-229-0257.
Angie DeRosa can be reached at 860-801-5063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.