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Artist George Stuart Scrutinizes Hollywood’s Portrayal of History

August 14, 2013 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

$10 – $15

How much can we learn about history from the movies and television? How much of their cinematographic splendor is based on fact and how much is embellished make-believe? Continuing his summer exhibition Fact or Fiction? Stuart Critiques Hollywood, artist George Stuart will feature historical personalities who have become the focus of films.

In the second half of his monologue series, Stuart will critique Hollywood’s attempts to portray history and share how he avoids the risks of historical inaccuracy when creating his one-quarter life-size Historical Figures®. Known for his theatrical energy and irreverent humor, Stuart will lend commentary to the movie classic Marie Antoinette(1938) starring Norma Shearer and more recent productions such as Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette (2006) and Bernando Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor (1987).

Part II, focusing on Marie Antoinette and the Xauantong Emperor PuYi will be held in the Museum’s Martin V. and Martha K. Smith Event Pavilion on Tuesday, August 14, 2 p.m – 4 p.m. (doors open at 1:30 p.m.).  Admission to the monologues is $15 for the general public and $10 for museum members, and includes access to all galleries as well as light refreshments during intermission. For reservations call (805) 653-0323 (x 7).

Stuart’s Historical Figures® have gained recognition for their exquisite detail and historical accuracy.  The Museum of Ventura County presents rotating exhibits of more than 200 George Stuart Historical Figures® in their permanent collection


The Museum of Ventura County is located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Ventura. Hours are 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Paid events include free admission to the galleries, and the first Sundays of every month are free general admission for the public. For more museum information go to www.venturamuseum.org or call 805-653-0323.