Inquiry welcomes Angela Cartwright, film and television actress, artist, photographer and writer. With Tom Mclaren she has produced and written an extraordinary new book of photographs of classic Hollywood stars that have never before been seen by the public. Angela Cartwright was allowed access to the Twentieth Century Fox archives and discovered a veritable treasure trove of what are called continuity photographs: stills taken for the make up, costume and hair departments. These photographs are of the highest quality and reveal a lot about how a film lot works. There are pictures of Shirley Temple, Clark Gable, Gene Tierney, Henry Fonda, Marilyn Monroe, and many, many other stars like you have never seen them before. Angela Cartwright’s book is titled Styling the Stars: Lost Treasures from the Twentieth Century Fox Archives.
Inquiry welcomes back Carolyn L. Kane who writes about the history, philosophy and aesthetics of electronic media. We continue our conversation about her new book Chromatic Algorithms: Synthetic Color, Computer Art and Aesthetics After Code. Tonight Kane talks about the wild history of Bell Telephone Laboratories and the artists/scientists that worked there who pioneered some bizarre new technology for producing colors that affected the viewer. We also talk about the invention of Day-Glo and synthetic color. It all began with a problem with dogs peeing on a fence. If you are interested in art and technology, don’t miss this show!