Rivera, Van Gogh and Picasso are getting some new company at the Detroit Institute of the Arts. The 128 year old museum, who displays some of the finest masterpieces in the world, is exhibiting “Watch Me Move: The Animation Show.”
While it may seem a tad unusual at first that at the same place you can view paintings by some of the world’s most renowned fine artists you can also can contemplate Betty Boop and the Hulk, animation is a highly influential art form that is relatable on a global cultural scale. This exhibition takes a look at animation from the last 150 years, exploring the relationship between animation and film, from time-lapse, stop-motion, hand-drawn and computer-generated animation.
“Artists have been experimenting with ways to create the illusion of movement throughout history,” said Graham W.J. Beal, DIA director. “Animation as an art form offers limitless opportunities for creativity, and this exhibition illustrates how artists use the medium not just to entertain, but also to explore cultural issues and elements of the human condition.”
The animation techniques from over 100 of the greatest inventors, innovators and artists of all time are included in the show from Georges Méliès, Chuck Jones, William Kentridge and Tim Burton, to animation studios such as Walt Disney, Aardman, Studio Ghibli and Pixar.
The exhibition is divided into six interrelated chapters:
- Apparitions – the emergence of the animated image.
- Characters – animation’s ability to construct powerful, complex personalities.
- Fables – the use of animation to re-present existing myths and fables and invent new ones.
- Structures – underlying formal and conceptual structures of the medium; Fragments – animated narratives in a post-modern world.
- Superhumans – the exaggerated, extended character; and Visions – mapping animated worlds onto the “real” world.
“Watch Me Move: The Animation Show” was originally shown at the Barbican Centre in London, EN, and will be on display in Detroit until Jan. 5th, 2014. Then it will be heading off to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, TN.