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TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz Kicks Off Holiday Events at Boca Raton Museum for “Art of the Hollywood"

The Boca Raton Museum of Art, one of South Florida’s leading cultural institutions, welcomed the special appearance in Palm Beach County of Ben Mankiewicz, the primetime host of Turner Classic Movies (TCM) on Saturday, December 10, 2022. Mankiewicz greeted fans and visit the Museum’s nationally acclaimed exhibition Art of the Hollywood Backdrop, now in its final two months of a spectacular run.

“I am honored to have been invited by the Boca Raton Museum of Art to be part of the Art of the Hollywood Backdrop, before this stellar museum experience concludes its successful debut,” said Ben Mankiewicz.

“There are so many avid film lovers and TCM fans in South Florida who love seeing this exhibition, a testament to the power of classic Hollywood films,” adds Ben Mankiewicz.

Joining Mankiewicz at the meet-and-greet event at the Museum on the Dec. 10th event will be one of the exhibition’s co-curators, Thomas A. Walsh ‒ the Emmy Award-winning art director from Hollywood who (along with co-curator Karen L. Maness) helped to preserve these historic film backdrops from America’s Golden Age of cinema.

Mankiewicz and Walsh were also the guests of honor joining community leaders and dignitaries at the sold-out, private fundraising event at the historic resort The Boca Raton, benefiting the Museum.

The Blockbuster Museum Show "Art of the Hollywood Backdrop" Breaks Attendance Records. On View Now Through Jan. 22nd at the Boca Raton Museum of Art

“Through this singular exhibition, and the exceptional series of events and programming the Museum team has created, art lovers and film fans of all ages are embracing this never-before-seen collection of Hollywood backdrops that were almost lost forever,” said Irvin Lippman, the Executive Director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

“The world premiere of Art of the Hollywood Backdrop has shined the global spotlight on South Florida,” adds Lippman. “We have seen a significant increase in visitors from throughout the country and from abroad.”

Read full release. The Museum has created a series of events for film lovers throughout December and January, more details at Membership and general admission info HERE.

Some of the national and international press that have celebrated this museum experience with rave reviews include: The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Hollywood Reporter, The Times of London, The New York Post, The Associated Press, Metropolis Magazine, and more.

About Ben

Hollywood insider Ben Mankiewicz is an award-winning television personality, film critic, writer and producer. When he made his TCM debut in 2003, he became only the second host hired in the network's history.

During his career at TCM, he has introduced thousands of movies on the air and has become one of the most renowned interviewers in the business, leading thoughtful and entertaining conversations with more than two hundred of the movie industry’s top talents, including: Mel Brooks, Bruce Springsteen, Sophia Loren, Martin Scorsese, Warren Beatty, Ava DuVernay, Annette Bening, Robert Redford, Quentin Tarantino, Jodie Foster, Brad Bird, Faye Dunaway, Lou Gossett, Jr., and Michael Douglas.

About the Boca Raton Museum of Art

Founded by artists, Boca Raton Museum of Art was established in 1950 as the Art Guild of Boca Raton. The organization has grown, now in its eighth decade, to encompass a Museum, Art School, and Sculpture Garden. As one of South Florida’s leading cultural landmarks, the Museum provides educational programs and a robust exhibition schedule to the community, and to visitors from around the world.

Support for #BocaMuseumatHome and #KeepKidsSmartwithArt virtual programming is provided by Art Bridges Foundation and PNC Grow Up Great.


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