The Gordon Center in Tarleton presents an exhibition of film posters

STEPHENVILLE — The WK Gordon Museum at Tarleton State University will be showing “The Face of Cinema: The Evolution of Movie Posters” starting this week through August.

An exhibition opening reception is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by a screening of Little Miss Marker.

Over 100 posters spanning 120 years will show the powerful visual role this medium has had in promoting the film industry.

The work of three well-known poster artists showcases the artistic talents of Saul Bass, William Gold and Drew Struzan. Among their works on display are posters for “Vertigo”, “Casablanca” and “ET the extra-terrestrial”.

The exhibition pays special attention to “Titanic”. A photo from 1914 shows the film being screened at Thurber’s Opera House, located opposite the Gordon Museum (1880s-1936).

The original silent film was released just a month after the tragic sinking of the ship in May 1912. The story has been the subject of 17 theatrically released film dramas, 24 documentaries and 26 television episodes.

Other areas of the exhibit include colors and trends, iconic images, remakes, kids in old Hollywood, and theaters displaying posters and banners in early 20th century photos.

Visitors will enjoy adding to the wall of memorable movie quotes, playing the movie trivia game, and watching an ever-repeating slideshow with poster images from all the movies that received a Best Picture Oscar award. by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The WK Gordon Museum and Research Center, a Tarleton State facility, is located at 65258 Interstate 20, Exit 36 ​​in Mingus, Texas, and is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. 4 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information about the WK Gordon Museum, call (254) 968-1886, email [email protected], or visit

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