JEFF BRIDGES | PICTURES
Opens in the Main Gallery on October 8, 2022 through April 23, 2023.
Meanwhile check out the new book just released by Jeff Bridges and his daughter Isabelle Bridges-Boesch for Daddy Daughter Day!
JEFF BRIDGES | PICTURES, an exhibition exploring the work of the Oscar-winning actor, author and acclaimed photographer.
Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges is a giant of American cinema, with dozens of leading credits to his name, but he is also a renowned photographer whose work has been published in numerous books and exhibitions. For more than 30 years, Bridges has captured the creative world of moviemaking through scenes shot on a variety of film sets using his specialized Widelux F8 panoramic camera. The result is a fascinating, surprisingly candid body of photographic work offering a vision of Hollywood that is both intimately human and formally beautiful.
The exhibition spotlights Bridges’ artistic process and photographic techniques, informed by a collection of personal objects including his private “film shoot” books, musical instruments, engaging “doodles” and drawings, and personal photographs that provide insight into the exceptional work of this multifaceted, talented artist.
Bridges’ collection of film set photographs began as a personal project. He recorded the arduous, emotionally intense, evanescent work of the film shoot in books that were privately printed and given as gifts to cast and crew. These are not traditional “Hollywood” pictures, but rather—despite the costumes and lighting, the crowds of extras, the stardom of the subjects—pictures of friends at work. Taken together, the pictures act as Bridges’ personal and professional diary, with actors, directors, and crew appearing as coworkers, all equal participants in the job at hand.
Jeff Bridges is the author of Jeff Bridges: Pictures, Volumes One and Two. Bridges’ proceeds from the books are donated to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, a non-profit organization that offers charitable care and support to film-industry workers. He is also illustrator of the forthcoming book Daddy Daughter Day, written by Isabelle Bridges-Boesch and Illustrated by Jeff Bridges. Signed copies of these books will be available in the Museum store
Members: entry is Free
Non-Member Adults (18 to under 65): $15
Non-Members Seniors (65+): $10
Youth (6–17): $5.00
Children (5 and under): Free
Residents of the California Veterans Home and Active Duty Military: Free
This special exhibition is NOT included with NARMS membership, but members are welcome to visit our Spotlight & History Gallery exhibits. This exhibit IS included as part of the Museums On Us program through BofA/Merrill Lynch.
Jeff Bridges, Pooch, and Lois Smith, A Dog Year, 2009, © Jeff Bridges, 2009. All Rights Reserved.
Jeff Bridges & Widelux © Sam Jones.
This exhibition is sponsored in part by a grant from the NVTID-Yountville and by the members and supporters of the Napa Valley Museum Yountville.