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Oakland Museum to host PIXAR exhibition

Posted: July 27, 2010 1:05 p.m.
Updated: July 28, 2010 2:32 p.m.

Oakland, Calif. -- The Oakland Museum of California will host "PIXAR: 25 Years of Animation," an exhibition of over 500 works by the artists at Pixar Animation Studios, from Saturday, July 31 to Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011.

The exhibit will include drawings, paintings, and sculptures that illustrate the creative process and craftsmanship behind Pixar's computer-animated films.

The Oakland exhibition is a "significantly enhanced" version of the exhibition, which is returning home to Oakland after a world tour that began at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2005, an OMCA spokesperson said.

The exhibition will be expanded with artwork and objects from the OMCA collections, including rare 19th century Eadweard Muybridge motion study photographs, an early zoetrope, and interactive stations in the art and history galleries that describe the history and creative process of animation.

Concept drawings, sketches, paintings, maquettes, storyboards and colorscripts created by Pixar artists over the past 25 years will be the central focus of the presentation.

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(r)-winning feature "Up"; and its latest film, "Toy Story 3."

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 for which Pixar has become internationally recognized, an OMCA spokesperson said.

The exhibition will also include two media installations: "Artscape," an immersive, wide-screen projection of digitally processed images designed to give the viewer the sensation of entering and exploring the artworks; and the "Toy Story Zoetrope," a three-dimensional device that displays a rapid succession of images, creating the illusion of motion.


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