Get ready to lose yourself in the magic of animation with over 100 classic, popular and
cutting-edge works on screen as the Detroit Institute of Arts hosts Watch Me Move: The Animation Show.
We all love animation and this is an epic undertaking.
Watch Me Move: The Animation Show is the
most extensive animation exhibition ever mounted, featuring both iconic moments
and lesser-known masterpieces from the last 150 years. Visitors will have the
rare opportunity to see an incredible array of animation techniques in more than
100 animated film segments from across generations and cultures.
“Artists have been experimenting with ways to create the illusion of movement
throughout history,” said Graham W.J. Beal, DIA director. “Animation as an art
form offers limitless opportunities for creativity, and this exhibition
illustrates how artists use the medium not just to entertain, but also to
explore cultural issues and elements of the human condition.”
The exhibition includes animation’s great inventors, innovators and artists,
from Georges Méliès and Chuck Jones to William Kentridge and Tim Burton, as well
work from animation studios such as Walt Disney, Aardman, Studio Ghibli and
The exhibition is divided into six interrelated chapters: Apparitions – the
emergence of the animated image; Characters – animation’s ability to construct
powerful, complex personalities; Fables – the use of animation to re-present
existing myths and fables and invent new ones; Structures – underlying formal
and conceptual structures of the medium; Fragments – animated narratives in a
post-modern world; Superhumans – the exaggerated, extended character; and
Visions – mapping animated worlds onto the “real” world.
Running until January 5th.