Additionally, a digital animation station for children will be available in the middle of the gallery using iPod Touch technology to create original drawings and animations. The exhibition opens with a free reception for children and families at 4 p.m. and includes a special live performance of selected songs from Disney films at 5 p.m. by students from the OU School of Musical Theatre, under the direction of professor Gwen Walker.
At 6 p.m., special guest Richard Benefield, founding executive director of The Walt Disney Family Museum, will discuss Walt Disney’s innovations in the art of
From 7 to 9 p.m., adults are invited to free reception that features a special dance choreographed to Hellfire from the Disney film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Under the direction of Walker and Derrick Minter, students from the OU School of Dance and the School of Musical Theatre will present the performance at 8
p.m. The performance is for mature audiences only.
“We would especially like to thank Janis Scaramucci for the opportunity to showcase her private collection of animation cels for our visitors this spring,” said d’HumiÃ¨res. “In addition to a wonderful exhibition, visitors are in for an exciting semester of interdisciplinary university collaborations exploring the Walt Disney Studios, including music, dance, drama, law, business and more.”
Prior to the public reception, paid Museum Association members with Metro Arts Circle benefits are invited to bring one guest to a sneak-peek gallery talk, reception and after party starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 2. Benefield will provide the informal gallery talk and will be available for questions. Following the event, MAC will hold an after party at 9 p.m. at Blackbird Gastropub on Campus Corner.
“This exhibition is accompanied by a beautiful catalogue compiled by Mark White, the Eugene B. Adkins Curator and chief curator at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art,” d’HumiÃ¨res said. “It will serve as both a guide through the exhibition and a great way for visitors to remember their experience at the museum.”
The catalogue is available for purchase in Muse, the museum store.
The exhibition features cels from Disney films including Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Lady and the Tramp and Pinocchio, as well as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy shorts.
Throughout the spring, the museum will host multiple free programs around the exhibition, including viewings of such films as The Lion King and Robin Hood, as
well as a multimedia concert, a symposium and more. Additional information and a full calendar of events are available on the museum’s website. The exhibition runs through Sept. 16.