Cincinnati Marilyn: Queen of the Asphalt Jungle

‘Is The Asphalt Jungle the greatest Cincinnati movie ever?’ Jason Gargano asks in an article for City Beat. Although Marilyn’s scenes were filmed on the MGM lot in Hollywood (as was most of the movie, apart from the opening shots), she also gets honourable mention for putting the Queen City on the movie map. (Although MM appears not to have visited Cincinnati in real life, Sugar Kane – her character in Some Like It Hot – mentions a prior stint in a Cincinnati band.)

The Asphalt Jungle is not exclusively the domain of men; it also possesses the screen debut of Marilyn Monroe, who plays Alonzo’s mistress, Angela. [John] Huston introduces Monroe, who lies lazily on a couch, with a carefully staged shot in which Alonzo (Louis Calhern) gazes down at her from above. Angela’s demeanor and visage are pure Monroe — innocence mixed with seduction.

Monroe only has a few scenes, little more than five minutes total, but her presence, much like the brief establishing shots of various Cincinnati cityscapes, leaves a distinctive impression in a movie full of them.”

Audrey Flack’s ‘Heroic’ Marilyn

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Heroines, an exhibition by artist Audrey Flack, will be on display at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, from February 14-May 10, and includes a portrait of Marilyn among a range of female icons from Medusa to Mother Teresa.

P14513Marilyn has been a recurring subject in Flack’s long career. One of her early ‘photorealist’ paintings of Marilyn graced the first edition cover of Carl Rollyson’s Marilyn Monroe: A Life of the Actress. By contrast, the Heroines portrait – inspired by Marilyn’s 1953 photo session with Ben Ross, and first seen in 2011 – is moody and bleak.

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‘Flack’s drawing of Marilyn Monroe conveys a sad version of the sex symbol as a 30-something dependent on drugs and alcohol, lost and faded,’ Rebecca S. Nieminen writes in The Vindicator. ‘Unlike glossy, glamorous renditions of the late movie star, Flack’s depiction of Monroe requests sympathy. ‘

Pop Art Marilyn in Columbus, Ohio

‘Stardust Valentine’ by Joss Parker

Red, White and Pop Americana, an exhibition by artist Joss Parker, includes a series of Marilyn-inspired works and is on display at Clayspace/Gallery 831, Columbus, Ohio until this Friday, July 29.

“Canvases featuring Warhol favorite Marilyn Monroe and other subjects tap the nostalgia running through vintage pop culture, illustrating connections that are more personal than analytical.

Parker explained that his portraits of the screen goddess have as much to do with childhood memories of watching her movies with his grandfather as Monroe’s favored status in Warhol’s oeuvre.”

Columbus Dispatch

 

Irving Berlin Exhibit in Ohio

An exhibition dedicated to the great American songwriter, Irving Berlin, has opened at Bainbridge Library in Geagua County, North-East Ohio.

Marilyn starred in There’s No Business Like Show Business, a 1954 tribute to Berlin’s music, and recorded several of his compositions: ‘After You Get What You Want (You Don’t Want It)’, ‘Heat Wave’, ‘Lazy’, and ‘A Fine Romance’.

Movies featuring Berlin and other American songwriters will be screened on Fridays at 2pm throughout June. The exhibition will be touring the US over the next 11 months.

More details here