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Lite Lunch // Cinema on Paper: Lasting Icons of Hollywood

February 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

From Jailhouse Rock to Singin’ in the Rain, any film’s success could be inseparably tied to its poster, but some are so iconic they will never be forgotten. Join us for a rare evening with Dwight Cleveland, the holder of one of the most prominent private collections in the world of film posters, and also the signature expert, to share his book Cinema on Paper: The Graphic Genius of Movie Posters. The book is comprised of more than 100 works from his collection that pay tribute to the superior talent of an international group of artists whose creativity captured a movie’s essence with arresting precision.


 Boxed lunch included: $25 – Members or $35 – General Admission

About Dwight Cleveland:

Dwight is a 48-year veteran of collecting and advocating for vintage film posters. In 1981, Dwight published the first article on film posters while a junior at Columbia College. The 2019 Norton Museum exhibition in West Palm Beach of his Classic Films collection was the first of it’s kind for the art form. The exhibition at Poster House in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood was another first highlighting Women Behind the Camera during the silent film era. Dwight has been quoted and interviewed in various publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Film Collector’s World, Forbes, BBC, NPR, The ROBB Report, Nitrateville and POPCandy. The British publication Art of the Movies has called him the ‘Indiana Jones of Movie Posters.’ Two major acquisitions were highlighted in NBC’s series The Hunt for Amazing Treasure in 1992 and 1994. Assouline Publishing released his book, CINEMA ON PAPER: The Graphic Genius of Movie Posters in 2019. Dwight entered into an Artificial Intelligence project with Dartmouth College in 2022 boosting their data set from 2,500 to over 20,000 giving the project scale and attracting support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was subsequently named to the newly created post of Associate Visual Cultural Curator, Department of Film & Media Studies, Dartmouth College.


February 21
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Charleston Library Society
164 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401 United States
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