The California Heritage Museum in Santa Monica has explored the Golden State through exhibitions on skateboarding, ceramics, and the citrus industry. Starting May 23, the museum presents Gotta Dance: The Art of the Movie Poster. Mike Kaplan, who created campaigns for A Clockwork Orange and 2001: A Space Odyssey, collected the vintage one-sheets that hail from the heyday of the studio system. The bold graphics were meant to be discarded after a week. Now you’re more likely to see them at auctions; a poster from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis is currently listed at $850,000.
From left to right: The Kid from Brooklyn (1946), The Great American Broadcast (1941), and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954). Top right: Grand Hotel (1932)
Posters courtesy Mike Kaplan