Classic Hollywood meets the canvas in the work of a dynamic Texas artist as the Tyler Museum of Art unveils the new exhibition “Double Take: Works by Ed Blackburn,” Sunday, May 14 through Aug. 20 at the TMA, 1300 S. Mahon Ave. on the Tyler Junior College main campus. Admission is free.
Organized by the TMA and curated by Caleb Bell, Double Take represents the first time Blackburn’s “movie” series of the 1980s has been exhibited in a single exhibition. The works, the majority of which are massive in scale, distil iconic scenes from classic Hollywood films including “The Lady Eve,” “The French Connection,” “The Tender Trap” and “Chinatown.” Support for the exhibition is provided by Gold Level Collectors’ Circle Sponsors Betty and Dick Summers.
Special events in connection with the exhibition include “Double Take Films,” a series curated by the TMA featuring three classic films that inspired Blackburn works. Screenings will be held on Thursday evenings at Liberty Hall, 110 W. Erwin St. in downtown Tyler, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and the movies beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Series schedule:
- June 1 – “False Colors” (1943), starring William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy
- June 8 – “The Tender Trap” (1955), starring Frank Sinatra and Debbie Reynolds
- June 15 – “Marooned” (1969), starring Gregory Peck and Gene Hackman
Blackburn will return for a special lecture program on his work at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 25 at the Museum. Lecture admission also is free, but reservations are encouraged. Regular Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. For information, call (903) 595-1001 or visit www.tylermuseum.org