Willard Carroll talks about 'All Things Oz' at the Farnsworth

Lecture will give insight into origins of collection on display at the museum through March
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 11:15pm
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A Gilbert Adrian-designed dress tested by Judy Garland for "The Wizard of Oz" and the blouse she wore during the first two weeks of filming, together with a shooting script used by Bobby Connolly who staged the dance numbers. (Image from "The Wonderful World of Oz: An Illustrated History of the American Classic" by John Fricke)

ROCKLAND — On Sunday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a lecture entitled "All Things Oz." The lecture, by Willard Carroll, will take place in the Farnsworth auditorium.

Together with Tom Wilhite, Willard Carroll has amassed the world's largest collection of The Wizard of Oz memorabilia, selections of which are on view from October 12, 2013 to March 30, 2014 in the Farnsworth exhibition "The Wonderful World of Oz." This lecture will take place on the opening weekend of the show and will give insight into the origins of the collection.

Carroll's fascination with Oz began when he was a young boy. After seeing the 1939 movie on television, he developed the collecting bug that is still with him. His passion also became part of his professional work: he has authored three Oz-related books and created "The Oz Kids" animated movie series for Paramount. An Emmy award-winning producer, Carroll began his career as a development executive at Walt Disney Studios, where Wilhite was head of production. Carroll wrote and directed Miramax's all-star drama, "Playing by Heart," with Sean Connery, Angelina Jolie, Dennis Quaid, and Jon Stewart; and most recently wrote and directed the romantic musical comedy, "Marigold," starring Ali Larter and Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, filmed entirely in India. He is now in pre-production for his original psychological thriller, "Crawl."

"The Wonderful World of Oz" at the Farnsworth is sponsored in part by The Goose River Exchange. Planet Toys is a community partner.

For more information, contact the Farnsworth at 596-6457 or visit farnsworthmuseum.org.

Event Details:

Event Date: 
Sun, 10/13/2013 - 1:00pm
Event Location: 
Farnsworth Art Museum
Contact Phone: 
(207) 596-6457