Detroit museum hosts show devoted to animation
By Mike Householder, APDETROIT--The 128-year-old Detroit Institute of Arts has gained a reputation as a home for some of the world's most hallowed masterpieces: paintings by Van Gogh and Picasso, the Diego Rivera industry murals.
October 7, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
Things will look a bit different, though, over the next few months.
Vincent, Pablo and Diego will have company in the form of Mickey, Bart and Bugs.
“Watch Me Move: The Animation Show,” which organizers call the “most extensive animation show ever mounted,” has both iconic clips — featuring the aforementioned Mouse, Simpson and Bunny — as well as lesser-known works that span the past 100-plus years. The show brings together industry pioneers, independent filmmakers and contemporary artists, including William Kentridge and Nathalie Djurberg, alongside commercial studios such as Walt Disney, Aardman and Pixar.
The exhibit takes its name from American cartoonist and animator Winsor McCay's century-old short film “Little Nemo,” which displays an on-screen message inviting viewers to “Watch Me Move.”
Visitors can peruse more than 100 animated film segments — nearly 12 hours' worth of footage.
Time-lapse, stop-motion, hand-drawn and computer-generated animation. It's all there in a six-section configuration designed to attract art lovers and pop-culture fanboys alike.
“Animation is art and is just as worthy as our Van Goghs or our (Pieter) Bruegels to hang inside a museum,” said Jane Dini, one of the show's curators.
“Hang” is the operative word.
Plush couches and other seating areas are placed throughout the show, along with headphones and built-in audio sources. It's designed to allow visitors to take a load off and absorb the animated content at their own pace.