Exhibition Archive

“Ice Age” to the Digital Age: The 3D Animation Art of Blue Sky Studios
September 16, 2012 - January 20, 2013

Explore the world of computer animation through the films of Blue Sky Studios, creators of the blockbuster Ice Age movies, Robots, and Rio. Years in the making, these stunning animations bring artistry and technology together to transform concepts into believable, fantastical worlds for the big screen. This unique exhibition reveals Blue Sky’s entire creative process, from initial concept to finished frame. Original drawings, storyboards, props, movie clips, and hands-on technology bring the films to life for visitors of all ages.

 
TM & © Twentieth Century Fox Films Corporation. All rights reserved.
 

Creating Characters with Peter de Sève
September 16, 2012 - January 20, 2013

Peter de Sève’s illustrations and character designs are known throughout the world. As a lead designer at Blue Sky Studios, de Sève created Sid the sloth, Manny the mammoth, Diego, Scrat, and other beloved Ice Age creatures. See de Sève’s original doodles and drawings for these characters and more.

 
Character study of Scrat from Ice Age by Peter de Sève. n.d. Colored pencil on Dura-Lar paper. TM & ©Twentieth Century Fox Films Corporation. All rights reserved.
 

Rising Dragon: Contemporary Chinese Photography
March 25 - September 2, 2012

The landscape of photography in China is changing as rapidly as the country itself. The 36 artists in Rising Dragon bear witness to the astounding social, economic, and physical transformation of their country over the past ten years.

 
Li Wei, Live at a High Place #6, Beijing, 2008, Digital chromogenic print, 39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in, Courtesy of the artist and m97 Gallery/Shanghai © Li Wei.
 

The Art of Grace Lin
March 25 - September 2, 2012

Bold, bright, and bursting with jelly-bean colors, Grace Lin’s child-friendly picture books offer insight into Chinese culture and folklore for our youngest visitors. Her charming depictions of Chinese and Chinese-American family life and celebrations will delight young viewers and spark conversation about enduring Chinese-American traditions.

 
Cover of Kite Flying, by Grace Lin, 2002, Dragonfly Books.
 

Xu Bing: Square Word Calligraphy
March 25 - August 26, 2012

Xu Bing has devised a unique method to write English words that resemble Chinese characters. Using his Square Word Calligraphy, the artist transcribes popular poems, song lyrics, and children’s nursery rhymes. Visitors will delight in their ability to “decode” the distinctive text.

 
Photography by Margaret Fox.
 
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