The James C. Meade Friends' Lecture Series presents
"Designs on Film: A Century
of Hollywood Art Direction"
Thursday, February 23, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
Join us this Thursday, February 23, 2012, for a fascinating lecture by author and design journalist Cathy Whitlock, who will pay tribute to the unsung heroes of the movie business: production designers, art directors, and set decorators. While their work is often underappreciated, these "architects of illusion" work closely with the director and cinematographer to visualize and create believable, self-contained worlds within each film. As part of OKCMOA's annual Oscar Tune-Up program, her lecture will also address this year's Oscar race for Art Direction.
Cathy Whitlock's career as a book author, magazine writer, design marketer, lecturer, and interior designer spans many directions. Designs on Film: A Century of Hollywood Art Direction (Harper Collins, November, 2010) represents the marriage of her two passions - design and the cinema. She is also the author of the book re-de-sign (Fairchild Books, 2009), a contributing writer for Traditional Home magazine and the Huffington Post, and features editor for Array magazine. Her magazine work also appears in Veranda, Architectural Digest, Capitol File, American Airlines' Celebrated Living, the Hollywood Reporter, and internationally for Glamour UK and Four Seasons hotel magazines, where she specializes in celebrity profiles, design, film, and lifestyle articles. She also writes the blog Cinema Style that chronicles trends and inspiration on film and reaches seventy countries.
A graduate of Parsons School of Design and a member of the American Society of Interior Designers, Cathy has more than twenty-four years of experience in the interior design industry and has had practices in New York, Chicago, Memphis, and Nashville. She appeared as a frequent on-air personality on Home and Garden Television's top-rated Decorating With Style, where she served as a national spokesperson for companies such as Thomasville Furniture, Jackson and Perkins Roses, Wilsonart, Panache Catalogue and Pierre Deux fabrics. She has also been profiled in numerous media outlets, such as the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, and Fine Living Channel.
Formerly with Universal Pictures and the late British film producer Sir Lew Grade's ITC Entertainment, Cathy worked on the marketing campaigns of Coal Miner's Daughter, Animal House, Jaws, and the Academy Award winning film The Deerhunter.