Woody Woodpecker and the Avant-Garde

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On September 22, Woody Woodpecker & the Avant-Garde: A Collision of Animation, Art, Avant-Garde Film and Politics opens at the Laband Gallery. Curated by SFTV Chair of Animation Tom Klein, the exhibit will offer the rare chance to see original storyboards and animation cels including art from Woody Woodpecker’s debut in Knock Knock (1940), focused studies of 1940s films by Walter Lantz Productions including The Loose Nut and The Enemy Bacteria, plus paintings and watercolors by Jules Engel, Oskar Fischinger, Losar Feiltelson, Knud Merrild and Byron Randall.

This special exhibit also celebrates a major gift to LMU School of Film and Television from The Walter Lantz Foundation. Along with the gift, the Foundation donated several works of art, many of which will be on view.

Please join us for the opening celebration and gift announcement:
Thursday, September 22, 2016
3pm – 4pm

Walkthrough by Curator/LMU Animation Chair Tom Klein
Laband Art Gallery

4pm – 6pm
Opening Reception
Dunning Courtyard Outside Laband Art Gallery
Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served

Free admission. No RSVP required.

Read about the exhibit in The Argonaut’s piece “The Secret Life of Woody Woodpecker.”
Join the conversation: #WoodyAvantGarde

Our special gratitude to Edward Landry, Partner at Musick, Peeler & Garrett LLP, LMU Trustee and Trustee of the Walter Lantz Foundation for his generous support.

Woody Woodpecker & the Avant-Garde is on view September 22 – November 20, 2016, and is co-organized by LMU’s School of Film and Television, College of Communication and Fine Arts and Laband, with generous cooperation from Universal Studios.