UPA at MoMA, 1955

UPA Show at MoMA

UPDATE: Let’s try this again. I apologize that the post didn’t appear on the Cartoon Modern blog last night. A funky accident deleted the post and forced me to rewrite the whole thing. It’s up now.

This evening I posted a rare bit of previously lost animation history on the Cartoon Modern blog: photographs from the 1955 UPA tribute at MoMA. While I knew about this exhibit, I had never seen any photos from the show or had any idea how the artwork was presented. A couple months ago though, while working on Inside UPA, we discovered this set of photos in a storage box. These pics offer a terrific sense what it might have been like to attend this show in the 1950s.

And if you want a sense of what it was like to actually work at the UPA studio, be sure to pick up a copy of the forthcoming Cartoon Brew book Inside UPA. You can lock in the lower pre-order price if you buy the book by this Saturday, September 15. The print run is only 1000 copies and quite a few are gone already.


  • Thorny

    I’m hoping you’ll have copies for sale in Ottawa for your retrospectives on UPA

  • http://www.michaelspornanimation.com/splog/ Michael Sporn

    Somehow the pictures don’t appear to be on the Cartoon Modern site. The link doesn’t work properly at the moment.

  • Dana Anderson

    Amid– when I click on the link to the pictures, they are apparently still “lost”. ? I would love to see them and am looking forward to the new UPA book. I personally appreciate any/all the stuff you and Jerry post about UPA and particularly Mr. Magoo ! Keep up the good work. DJA

  • Jack

    The ambiance of these MOMA pictures backs the recently-articulated perception that UPA really was the Pixar of its day.

  • http://www.deneroff.com Harvey Deneroff

    Many thanks for posting the exhibit photos. I vividly remember seeing the UPA exhibit at MOMA, which was in the Museum’s basement exhibition space, which also served as a sort of lobby for their theater. As I recall, there were a series of UPA films (theatrical/nontheatrical/TV) that were screened at 2:00 p.m., providing a half hour break before the Museum’s regular 3:00 p.m. screenings. As a regular habitué of the Museum’s screenings, I (along with my older brother Bob) managed to see all the UPA films and many chances to peruse the exhibit.