The Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution exhibition includes 60 pieces of animation art from the Museum Of UnCut Funk collection that feature Black characters from 1970's Saturday morning cartoons. The original production cels and drawings in the exhibition were actually used under the camera to produce these cartoons. The hand drawn and inked cels used in the animation production process of the 1970's represent a lost art form compared to today's digitally created cartoons.The Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution exhibition is a fun, colorful, nostalgic experience that is culturally and historically relevant for the Black community but also appeals to a broader audience. Back in the 1970's, before the explosion of cable TV channels, everybody watched the same cartoons. Since then, many of these cartoons have re-aired on cable networks reaching new generations of children. This exhibition will definitely bring back fond memories for anyone who watched these cartoons.What makes the Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition unique is both the breadth of the artwork that we feature and the historically important story that it tells. We own one of the world's most extensive collections of 1970's Black Animation art, which allows us to create a truly unique exhibition experience. More importantly, our exhibition focuses on one of the positive outcomes of the Civil Rights Movement, a story that to this point has not been told. The art in the exhibition commemorates the 40th anniversaries of 1970's Saturday morning cartoons that featured positive Black characters for the first time in television history.This 1970‘s revolution in how Black animation characters were developed and portrayed in Hollywood represents historic change and the ultimate manifestation of Dr. Martin Luther King's dream. For the first time characters of all races lived, played and worked together as equals. By highlighting this positive aspect of our experience we are able to engage and educate people in a fun and uplifting way.
Practically every piece of art represents a historical first, such as:
It was the first time that cartoons like Josie and the Pussy Cats, Star Trek and Kid Power featured strong, positive Black female characters. It was also the first time that Black people like Bill Cosby and Berry Gordy led the development of animated television programming featuring Black characters, from concept through to art creation and production.I believe these cartoons are national treasures. They were seen by a generation of children and not only changed the way that Black kids saw themselves but the way white kids saw them as well. Prior to the 1970's, Black characters in cartoons were depicted in a very derogatory manner.
You can learn more about the exhibition at their website - http://museumofuncutfunk.
They are doing a Curator's talk on the evening of February 4th starting at 6pm. The exhibition opens to the public on February 5th. They are currently booking more museums for 2015 - 2016.