Visual Art Rita Kohn Hoosiers in Hollywood Indiana History Center Through April 29, 2007 It’s more than stars when you walk the walk at Hoosiers in Hollywood, the interactive exhibit at the Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio St. The simultaneously larger-than-life and down-to-earth exhibition begins in Lilly Hall with a mezzanine display of photographs of the losers and winners in pursuit of fame. Along the hallway to the Rapp Gallery is a facsimile of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The journey begins with a Chevy Impala zooming out of John Domont’s mural of an Indiana landscape, heading straight towards the Hollywood hills. Miniature sound stages highlight individual and collective stories. Learn about Indianapolis native Sid Grauman’s innovations, including the concept of “a premiere,” the founding of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Actor/director/producer Sydney Pollack (on film) talks about his childhood in South Bend, his training in New York’s Neighborhood Playhouse (where his dance studies with Martha Graham shaped his directing concepts) and his accidental entry into television and film. The legend of Ft. Wayne native Carole Lombard comes to life in an object-theater presentation. “Discover yourself” in the interactive studio that outlines the steps in making and promoting a film and highlights the work of Hoosiers behind the scenes as screen writers, producers, designers, composers, production assistants and promoters. What you don’t know is certain to delight you when you make discoveries about Indiana’s extensive film industry involvement. What isn’t in the exhibit can be found in the encyclopedic new book by David L. Smith. The free exhibit at the Indiana History Center runs through April 29, 2007. You’ll want to experience it several times because there’s a lot to see, do and digest. Log on to www.indianahistory.org or call 317-232-1882 for more information.

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