'DreamWorlds: Behind the Scenes' art exhibition at USC
The Cartoon Brew website announces that the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts Gallery is presenting an exhibit, “DreamWorlds: Behind the Scenes, Production Art from DreamWorks Animation” from July 30 through September 7.
DreamWorks’ works include more than just anthropomorphic animals, of course (Prince of Egypt, anyone?), but there has been SO MUCH anthropomorphization in its 24 features!
The exhibition includes more than one hundred digital prints and approximately thirty traditional paintings and drawings on paper; two miniature sets; three character maquettes; two set pieces – an 8′ high Kung Fu Panda “Po” statue and the new Rise of the Guardians standee; and three media stations displaying animation tests, stereo footage, and the Rise of the Guardians trailer. There will also be a contemporary animation work station on display, with demonstrations given by current Hench-DADA students.
The School of Cinematic Arts Gallery is in USC’s Steven Spielberg Building, 900 West 34th Street, Los Angeles, Calif. 90089. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday and Saturday August 11, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed on Labor Day.
That is on the USC campus, of course. While you are there, USC contains much more on anthropomorphization. The Doheny Memorial Library, one of USC’s oldest buildings since 1932, at the midst of the USC campus, contains “vast collections of books and journals and also is one of the university’s best loved gathering places, hosting academic and cultural events ranging from lectures, readings and conferences to special exhibits and concerts.” The books include many out-of-print anthropomorphic novels.
When I was doing research in 1982 on the original Crusader Rabbit TV cartoons, I was the first (I think) to discover from the USC Library’s enormous collection of TV Guide editions for many major cities that although Crusader Rabbit may have begun production in 1948, its TV debut was not until Los Angeles on Channel KNBH on August 1, 1950. (The Wikipedia entry on Crusader Rabbit is slightly incorrect, but I digress.) The USC campus contains much of value to the serious anthropomorphics researcher.