Have you heard the buzz about the latest exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts?
This morning, I had the opportunity to experience “Watch Me Move: The Animation Show,” which features different forms of animation in 14 galleries. Previously held at the Barbican Art Gallery in London, the only place you can see it in America is at the DIA! All ages can enjoy viewing 150 years of moving art, including Winsor McCay’s first cartoon drawings, Claymation, early Disney creations, computer animation, 3D environments and more.
Made possible by the support of the GM Foundation, Honigman and Quicken Loans, the exhibit opens to the public Oct. 6 and runs through Jan. 5, 2014. In addition, screenings of feature films and short films will take place in the museum’s Detroit Film Theatre.
Annmarie Erickson, DIA COO, welcomed a room full of supporters at this morning’s media preview and highlighted how important it is to see animation as an art form in a way we have so many other styles and artists in history.
“Much of what you’ll see is from the original London exhibit, but we’ve done a great job of adding a little twist to it by introducing 3D art, which we see as the future of animation, made right here by Detroit artists,” said Erickson.
Erickson is referring to the final room, which features “Peralux,” by Detroit artists Gabriel Hall and Daniel Land. It’s a futuristic display, which uses five projectors to create a 3D experience that changes and surrounds you as you walk through.
But before you hit that grand finale, the exhibition is segmented into several parts. You’ll encounter a darkened room with black curtains that creates viewing spaces where you can see early film and cartoon experiments. Large screens show the evolution of childhood favorites like Mickey Mouse, the Flintstones, the Jetsons, Bugs Bunny and more. Antiwar themes and more adult material can be seen, but is clearly identified by yellow stripes so parents will be aware it may not be suitable for young children.
At this morning’s event, members of the media joined David Carroll, Vice President at Quicken Loans, Alan S. Schwartz, partner and vice chairman at Honigman and Lori Wingerter, vice president at the GM Foundation on a tour, led by Holly Harmon, DIA interpretive specialist and Elliot Wilhelm, director of the Detroit Film Theatre.
Staff members of the DIA were enthusiastic about the new exhibit and happy to provide people of all ages the chance to learn more about this evolving art form. Jane Dini, DIA assistant curator, American art, said, “My brother works in animation, and when this opportunity came along, I was really excited to learn more about it and showcase how this type of art really plays a role in the 20th and 21st centuries.”
Want to learn more and check it out for yourself? Regular admission is $14 for adults, $8 for ages 6 to 17. After Nov. 13, the price increases to $20 and $10 respectively. For superfans, the DIA is offering guests unlimited viewings and Detroit Film Theatre screenings with a $75 pass. For more information, visit Dia.org.