Ross MacDonald: Hidden in Plain Sight—Props for Film, Television, and Theater
May 31 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Ross MacDonald is perhaps best known as an illustrator, yet all the while he has led a secret double life designing and fabricating props for over 40 movies and television series. He has made everything from the book Bradley Cooper’s character throws out the window in Silver Linings Playbook, to the titular Book of Secrets for the second National Treasure movie; Jennifer Lawrence’s mop patents for Joy; baby’s favorite book in Baby’s Day Out; Nucky Thompson’s checkbook and Arnold Rothstein’s calling card for Boardwalk Empire; the morgue toe-tags in The Knick; the Pawnee town charter for Parks and Recreation; the Red Apple Tobacco tin in Tarantino’s Hateful Eight; Versace’s book in the latest season of American Crime Story and thousands of other props. Hear the stories behind the projects and get a look into MacDonald’s process.
This talk coincides with a gallery show of his work. Come early and see the objects in the flesh. If you can’t make the talk, we welcome you to call 212-633-8943 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment.
Ross MacDonald’s work has appeared in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Newsweek, Time, Spy and Rolling Stone. He has authored and illustrated 4 children’s books, as well as the adult humor books In and Out with Dick and Jane, (with co-author James Victore) and What Would Jesus Craft? MacDonald recently designed the bandana worn by Justin Timberlake in the 2018 Super Bowl halftime show. Ross also runs Brightwork Press, where his ever-deepening knowledge of period typography and letterpress printing has helped lend further credibility to his prop work.