Vincentennial:The Legacy of Vincent Price
The Sheldon Art Galleries
May 19th-August 6, 2011
The Sheldon Art Galleries presents a series of gallery talks in conjunction with the exhibition Vincentennial:The Legacy of Vincent Price on view through August 6, 2011 in the Ann Lee and Wilfred Konneker Gallery. An examination of Price’s life and legacy, Vincentennial: The Legacy of Vincent Price features a collection of Price mementos, heirlooms, images, artifacts and memorabilia. The gallery talks are held in conjunction with Cinema St. Louis’ Vincentennial film festival from May 19 - May 28, 2011. More information on the film festival is available at www.vincentennial.com. The exhibition is curated by Tom Stockman and underwritten by Mary Strauss.
Rick Squires, Vincent Price Memorabilia Collector
May 20, 2011, 4 p.m., Ann Lee and Wilfred Konneker Gallery, admission free.
Rick Squires is a noted collector of Vincent Price memorabilia and will be speaking about his collection. Squires owns much of the Price ephemera in the Vincentennial: The Legacy of Vincent Price exhibit, including many of the vintage theatre programs and movie posters, but that is just a small fraction of the Price memorabilia that he’s collected. He is the proprietor of the online site The Vincent Price Exhibit Website -www.vincentpriceexhibit.com, works as Collection Development Librarian at Monroe Community College in New York, and is the author of “Stern Fathers ’Neath the Mould: The Lovecraft Family in Rochester” (1995). This lecture is scheduled in conjunction with the Grand Center Gallery Walk taking place on May 20 from 5 -9 p.m.
Robert Taylor, Vincent Price Memorabilia Collector
May 27, 2 p.m., Ann Lee and Wilfred Konneker Gallery, admission free.
Robert Taylor and his cousin, Sara Waugh, own many of the Price historical artifacts in the Vincentennial exhibition including Price’s baby book and shoes, the postcard from Ernest Hemingway, the drawing Price did of Helen Hayes, and the sympathy letter Price wrote to Boris Karloff ’s widow. He will be speaking about Price as a collector from the perspective of a fellow collector. A retired librarian, Taylor has collected Vincent Price artifacts for 15 years and is from the Cincinnati, Ohio area.
Tom Stockman, curator of the exhibition
Tuesday, July 19, 6 p.m., Ann Lee and Wilfred Konneker Gallery, admission free.
Vincent Price was born in St. Louis on May 27, 1911 and this spring marks the 100th anniversary of his birth. Price was a Renaissance man who became an iconic movie star, was a gourmet chef, author, stage and radio actor, speaker, world-class art collector and raconteur. His long career stretched over 55 years, beginning in 1938 at the height of the golden age of Hollywood cinema, and reached its apex with his legendary horror films of the 1960s and ’70s. His later years were equally prolific, with an array of voice work and fine performances in films like The Whales of August and Edward Scissorhands. Although sometimes regarded as a camp figure (which he playfully encouraged in some contexts), Price was nonetheless an actor of real range and substance. Price loved St. Louis and was proud of his roots. He gave much to the city and the exhibition honors his legacy and his heritage, illuminating his long and rich career.
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