Bob Peak: Creating the Modern Movie Poster

Location: Fourth Floor Gallery, Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA
Dates: January 20 through April 17, 2011
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Description: The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences presents an exhibition of movie posters by artist and designer Bob Peak (1927–1992) in the fourth floor gallery of their Samuel Goldwyn Theatre. Though not a genre-specific event, posters on display will include EXCALIBUR, STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE, SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE, and THE SPY WHO LOVED ME.

According to the Academy website, Peak:

…has been hailed as the “father of the modern Hollywood movie poster.” His unique style of motion picture advertising imagery will be on display in the Academy’s Fourth Floor Gallery, where colorful, graphically complex original paintings done for iconic movie poster campaigns will be shown alongside the final one-sheet posters for such titles as “My Fair Lady,” “Camelot,” “Superman,” “Star Trek – The Motion Picture” and “Apocalypse Now.” Multiple designs will be presented for nearly 50 films from among the more than 100 campaigns he designed in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

Among his many awards and accolades, Peak received the Key Art Lifetime Achievement Award from The Hollywood Reporter in 1992 for 30 years of outstanding contributions to the film industry. He was only the second person to receive this honor; the first, just the year before, was another legendary graphic designer, Saul Bass.

Public viewing hours:

  • Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday – Sunday: Noon to 6 p.m.
  • Closed Mondays.

Admission: Free