The photographs of George Hurrell not only documented Hollywood's glamorous Golden Age, they helped to define it. During the 1930s and '40s, Hurrell's striking black-and-white images delineated the allure of the studios' biggest stars including Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow, Joan Crawford, Carole Lombard, Bette Davis and Rita Hayworth. Even Norma Shearer, the Queen of MGM contract players, famously refused to let anyone else photograph her. The Sheldon Art Galleries (3648 Washington Boulevard; 314-533-9900 or www.thesheldon.org
) offer a peek back at this more sumptuous era with Glamour: Costumes and Images from the Collection of Mary Strauss
. This exhibition features Hurrell's photographs along with original costumes from Hollywood's most celebrated designers -- including an Adrian original worn by Shearer in Marie Antoinette
opens with a free reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, October 4. The show remains up through Saturday, December 28, and the galleries are open Tuesday through Saturday.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Oct. 4. Continues through Dec. 28, 2013