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Giant at Fifty

Sponsored by
The Jerry Bywaters Special Collections (Hamon Arts Library)
The William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies
The Friends of the SMU Libraries/Colophon

A preview reception and panel discussion in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition

Cowboys and klieg lights  Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor on the "Giant" set  Technicians with their sound truck, shooting an outdoor scene
On Location: Sketches of the movie Giant by Ed Bearden”


Television Coverage
of the
Premier Anniversary

This exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of what has been termed “the national film of Texas.”  Before shooting Giant, director George Stevens asked Dallas artist and SMU art professor Ed Bearden to draw the film’s storyboards.  These pen-and-ink portraits were enlarged and displayed on the set as a guide to makeup and costume crews.  The artist also went to Marfa during shooting to sketch on the Giant set.

Preview Reception: Taubman Atrium of SMU's Owens Art Center at 6 - 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 26. It is free and open to the public.

Exhibition: Hawn Gallery of SMU's Hamon Arts Library.  The exhibition includes a selection of drawings executed on the film’s set by Dallas artist and SMU art professor Ed Bearden as well as Giant-related materials from SMU’s DeGolyer and Hamon Arts libraries.

Panel Discussion: Taubman Atrium of the Owens Art Center: 7 - 7:45 p.m. Thursday.  Panelists will include Dr. Ron Davis, SMU professor emeritus of history; Dr. Rick Worland, SMU professor of film studies at SMU; and Bob Hinkle, “Texas accent” consultant for the cast of Giant and rope tricks “coach” for James Dean.  Fran Bearden, widow of Ed Bearden. It is free and open to the public.

Exhibition dates: January 27-April 28, 2006, in Hawn Gallery of the Hamon Arts Library in Owens Art Center.