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PIXAR: 25 Years of Animation at the Oakland Museum

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, 04 May 2010

PIXAR: 25 Years of Animation provides an unprecedented look at the renowned Emeryville-based studio (located just a few miles from OMCA) and showcases the creative work behind its wildly successful computer-animated films. The only American venue outside of New York and the final stop on a five-year international tour, the OMCA presentation includes all of the artwork from the original presentation, plus art from Ratatouille, WALL•E, Up, and Pixar’s latest film Toy Story 3.



About the Exhibition

At the heart of PIXAR are the concept drawings, sketches, paintings, and maquettes created by Pixar artists over the past 25 years to bring to life the compelling characters and stories that have enchanted moviegoers of all ages around the world. Drawing on work from Pixar’s eleven feature films and many of its short films, the exhibition spans some of the studio’s first short films created in the 1980s; its first feature-length film, Toy Story, the first fully computer-animated feature film ever produced; Pixar’s recent Academy Award-winning feature Up; and its latest film, Toy Story 3, to be released this summer. PIXAR will showcase more than 500 artifacts, including many of the pencil drawings; paintings in acrylic, gouache, and watercolor; and sculptures that form the backbone of the computer-generated images (CGIs) for which Pixar has become internationally recognized. The exhibition also includes video interviews with artists and behind-the-scenes footage of Pixar's creative process.




From its founding in 1986, Pixar has been at the forefront of a revolution in animation by creating films that have pushed the limits of traditional animation artistry and groundbreaking computer applications. PIXAR invites visitors to trace different stages in animation production, from early concept design and character, scene, and story development to finished film sequences that transport the viewer into the world of the imagination.



A highlight of the exhibition will be two special media installations—Artscape, an immersive, wide-screen projection of digitally processed images that gives the viewer the sensation of entering into and exploring the exquisite details of the original artworks; and the Pixar Zoetrope, a three-dimensional device that displays a rapid succession of images, creating the illusion of motion.



PIXAR will feature storyboards, a tool to guide scene by-scene narrative progression, from several of the studio’s short films. The exhibition will also showcase colorscripts created during the making of many Pixar feature films. Colorscripts are used to express the production designer’s vision of the story through color and emotion.


They can be produced in a variety of mediums, from marker to pastel to paint and collage.


PIXAR will be installed in approximately 11,000 square feet of temporary exhibition galleries and expand into common spaces such as hallways and the museum store. Mural size graphics and video projections will be used throughout OMCA’s newly renovated landmark facility—linking the exhibition to the Museum’s collections and encouraging visitors to explore the work of Pixar artists as part of a continuum of creativity and innovation in California.




A publication entitled Pixar: 25 Years of Animation, published by Chronicle Books for OMCA, will accompany the exhibition. The book greatly enhances and updates the original exhibition catalogue, featuring an additional 32 pages including art from Ratatouille, WALL•E, Up, and Pixar’s latest film, Toy Story 3. Also included in the book is a conversation between Rene de Guzman, senior curator of art at the Oakland Museum of California, and Elyse Klaidman, director of the Pixar University and Archives, focusing on the creative process behind Pixar’s computer-animated films and the making of this exhibition. The book will be released on June 18. It will be available for purchase exclusively at the new OMCA Store and through the Museum’s website.


PIXAR: 25 Years of Animation

Oakland Museum of California

July 31 - January 9, 2011 (yeah- that's next year!)


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