The Walt Disney Family Museum has opened a new exhibit focused on one of the studio’s legendary Nine Old Men: “Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis.” The show will be up through November 3. Unlike the museum’s current Mary Blair exhibition, the Davis show is much smaller, with around 70 pieces on display.
Organized by the museum’s director of collections and exhibitions, Michael Labrie, and animator Andreas Deja, the exhibit includes original pencil animation drawings, conceptual artwork, paintings, cels, and photographs:
Although his work and accomplishments could fill a much larger gallery, selected artworks mainly from Davis’ personal collection, Walt Disney Imagineering, several private collectors, and the Walt Disney Family Foundation’s collection, intend to focus on a part of Davis’ life and career with his mastery of the human form. Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales highlights Davis’ female characters in film—such as Peter Pan’s Tinker Bell, Sleeping Beauty’s title heroine Aurora, its villain Maleficent, and One Hundred and One Dalmatians’ Cruella de Vil—as well as in live entertainment, his fine art, and through his beloved wife Alice Davis.
The Walt Disney Family Museum is located in The Presidio of San Francisco (104 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94129). Admission is $20 (adults), $15 (seniors and students), and $12 (children ages 6-17). The museum is open from Wednesdays through Monday (10am-6pm).