Rick Carter’s collaboration with iconic directors Steven Spielberg and James Cameron on their films “Lincoln” and “Avatar,” respectively, earned him two Academy Awards for “Best Production Design.”
The production designer and art director began his career in Hollywood in the late 1980s, with director Robert Zemeckis’ “Back to the Future II.” His most recent credit is “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” directed by JJ Abrams, in 2019.
Carter’s career and his collaborations with these acclaimed directors will be explored in the El Segundo Museum of Art’s “Time” exhibit, which opens Thursday, May 5 and runs through September 21.
The exhibit features Carter’s paintings, drawings, collages, and photos, as well as movie props and memorabilia. Collaborations with eight Los Angeles artists inspired by the films Carter worked on will also be on display.
Contributing artists include Alex Garcia, Luke Hayes, Muraji Khalil, Dalila Paola Méndez, Helena Park, Jacori “Aiseborn” Perry, Ivan “Mr Mustart” Petrovsky, and Carlos “Kopyeson” Talavera.
During a preview at the El Segundo museum late last week, Carter said the directors he worked with had a message:
“They’re about how we fight the good fight,” Carter said. “There’s nothing but war that pervades this whole piece, actually, in terms of the battles, but the message is that you actually find (something) inside of you as a way to persevere.”
Besides his two Oscars, Carter was also nominated for Oscars for his work on “Forrest Gump” and “War Horse.” He worked 10 times with Spielberg in his career.
Part of the exhibit is the park bench that Forrest Gump sat on when he told his life story.
Carter will talk about her Hollywood career from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, May 14 at the El Segundo Museum of Art.
If you are going to
When: May 5 to September 21; the museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Where: El Segundo Art Museum, 208 Main Street, El Segundo