Museum of the Moving Image, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity have teamed up to present a major exhibition devoted to the animation art of Chuck Jones. What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones opens July 19th and runs through January 19th 2015, giving New Yorkers (or anyone planning a trip to the Big Apple) six months to get to Astoria to check out the goodies.
Animation director Charles Martin “Chuck” Jones (1912–2002) made some of the most popular animated cartoons of all time. His Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck cartoons are classic, and he created a host of other characters, including Pepé Le Pew, Wile E. Coyote, and the Road Runner, and one-shot masterpieces in a career spanning three decades. Three of his cartoons won Oscars for Best Cartoon Short and Jones was given an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement.
From the press release:
What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones explores Jones’s creative genius, as well as the influences he drew on from the fine arts and popular culture, and the legacy of his work on the field of animation. The exhibition features 23 of Chuck Jones’s animated films, interactive experiences, and more than 125 original sketches and drawings, storyboards, production backgrounds, animation cels, and photographs, demonstrating how Jones and his collaborators worked together to create some of the greatest cartoons ever made. The films include such classic Warner Bros. cartoons as What’s Opera, Doc? and One Froggy Evening; the Academy Award-winning short filmThe Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics, which expanded the boundaries of the medium with its experimental techniques; and such classic television specials as Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Exhibition curators: Barbara Miller, Curator of the Collection and Exhibitions, and David Schwartz, Chief Curator, Museum of the Moving Image. Greg Ford was a special consultant.
The exhibition is a partnership between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, and Museum of the Moving Image.
Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street)
Astoria, New York 11106
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