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James Garner was nominated for an Oscar for his role in "Murphy's Romance" (1986). // "James Garner Shoots for the Family Album" Sid Avery, gelatin silver print. BMA Collection 1990.104.1.

Old Hollywood In Our Collection

As the 87th Academy Awards approaches, we have looked to our collection, which is filled with stars – both from the art world and from Hollywood. American photographer Sid Avery was known for taking behind-the-scenes photos of many Hollywood greats. The BMA

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Fretted Foot

Fretted Foot. Frank Fleming, 1977. Glazed ceramic. Gift of Mr. C. Eric Shrum in memory of his wife, June T. Shrum, 1980.247.

 

What’s your story?

The art of Frank Fleming has been described as whimsical and intriguing. His fantastical sculptures have endless stories to tell – stories that are only limited by an individual’s imagination. For Between Fantasy and Reality, we invited you to tell us the stories of these artworks! Read on to see stories submitted by the BMA community near and far, click on a thumbnail to see larger images, and submit your story own below.

In the gallery:

There once was a man. He wandered into a forest a long time ago, and he saw a temple. He walked into the temple. Inside the temple there was an alligator. It was asleep. Behind the alligator there was a treasure chest. The man walked past the alligator and opened the treasure chest. Inside the treasure chest, there was a genie. He granted the man one wish. The wish he had made to the genie was to live forever. By this time the alligator was awake. He ate all of the man except his foot. But since his wish was to live forever, his foot grew wings and flew away. The wings on his foot were as white as snow. As he flew out of the temple, he lived a happy life.

—Isaiah (age 9), Birmingham, Alabama

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Tongue Cake

Tongue Cake. Frank Fleming, 1972. Glazed stoneware. Lent by Ned Selfe, 12.1996.

 

What’s your story?

The art of Frank Fleming has been described as whimsical and intriguing. His fantastical sculptures have endless stories to tell – stories that are only limited by an individual’s imagination. For Between Fantasy and Reality, we invited you to tell us the stories of these artworks! Read on to see stories submitted by the BMA community near and far, click on a thumbnail to see larger images, and submit your story own below.

In the gallery:

This cake once was normal. Then it got blown off a table. It landed on a magical island. It started growing tongues and spikes on top. Then the cake came to life, but its legs were too small to see. The cake is as magical as a unicorn. This cake roars like a bear if you try to eat it. This is a cake you don’t want to eat.

—Grace (age 9), Birmingham, Alabama

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Walrus Room

Walrus Room. Frank Fleming, 1980. Ceramic. Lent by Lorine Cantrell, T.2014.437.

 

What’s your story?

The art of Frank Fleming has been described as whimsical and intriguing. His fantastical sculptures have endless stories to tell – stories that are only limited by an individual’s imagination. For Between Fantasy and Reality, we invited you to tell us the stories of these artworks! Read on to see stories submitted by the BMA community near and far, click on a thumbnail to see larger images, and submit your story own below.

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Pig Lounging on Chaise

Pig Lounging on a Chaise. Frank Fleming, 1983. Ceramic. Lent by James Odom, T.2014.436.

 

What’s your story?

The art of Frank Fleming has been described as whimsical and intriguing. His fantastical sculptures have endless stories to tell – stories that are only limited by an individual’s imagination. For Between Fantasy and Reality, we invited you to tell us the stories of these artworks! Read on to see stories submitted by the BMA community near and far, click on a thumbnail to see larger images, and submit your story own below.

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Walrus Reading

Walrus Reading. Frank Fleming, 1976. Ceramic. Lent by James Odom, T.2014.435.

 

What’s your story?

The art of Frank Fleming has been described as whimsical and intriguing. His fantastical sculptures have endless stories to tell – stories that are only limited by an individual’s imagination. For Between Fantasy and Reality, we invited you to tell us the stories of these artworks! Read on to see stories submitted by the BMA community near and far, click on a thumbnail to see larger images, and submit your story own below.

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Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros. Frank Fleming, 1982. Ceramic. Lent by James Odom, T.2014.434.

 

What’s your story?

The art of Frank Fleming has been described as whimsical and intriguing. His fantastical sculptures have endless stories to tell – stories that are only limited by an individual’s imagination. For Between Fantasy and Reality, we invited you to tell us the stories of these artworks! Read on to see stories submitted by the BMA community near and far, click on a thumbnail to see larger images, and submit your story own below.

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Alligator with Purse

Alligator with Purse. Frank Fleming, 1982. Ceramic. Lent by James Odom, T.2014.433.

 

What’s your story?

The art of Frank Fleming has been described as whimsical and intriguing. His fantastical sculptures have endless stories to tell – stories that are only limited by an individual’s imagination. For Between Fantasy and Reality, we invited you to tell us the stories of these artworks! Read on to see stories submitted by the BMA community near and far, click on a thumbnail to see larger images, and submit your story own below.