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Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes Opens April 13 At Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute

The world’s first and most extensive exhibition celebrating decades of Marvel’s visual and cultural impact opens at The Franklin Institute in a newly expanded form during Marvel’s 80th anniversary year.  

Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes, an immersive exhibition featuring more than 300 original artifacts, including some of Marvel’s most iconic costumes, props, and original art opens at The Franklin Institute on April 13, 2019. The exhibit debuts in Philadelphia as the East Coast premiere during Marvel’s 80th anniversary year, and immediately follows the world premiere at MoPOP in Seattle, which drew more than 300,000 visitors. The Philadelphia stop brings a thoroughly reimagined layout, ambitious new installations, and never-before-seen content.

The 15,000 square-foot exhibit traces the story of Marvel and its influence on visual culture, while also uncovering the narratives of individual characters such as Captain America, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Doctor Strange. It gives insight on how Marvel has influenced and drawn inspiration from the ever-changing tides of popular culture, tracing how their stories have responded to historical events and addressed broader issues such as gender, race, and mental illness. The exhibit also pays tribute to pioneering creators such as Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Steve Ditko whose collective imagination made Marvel into the endlessly expansive fictional universe known today.

“Marvel transformed the idea of the Super Hero in the 1960s—and beyond—by ratcheting up the visual spectacle, emotional dynamism and philosophical sophistication of the action-adventure comics genre,” says Brian Crosby, Creative Director of Marvel Themed Entertainment. “Marvel has always been a reflection of the world outside your window, and one of its most compelling messages has always been, that anyone—regardless of race, religion or gender—can be a Super Hero.”

 

Exhibit features:

– A fully-immersive exhibit design with life-size scenes that bring the comic book world to life.
– Iconic props and costumes including those worn by Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) in Marvel’s Black Panther (2018), and Chris Hemsworth (Thor) in Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World (2013), plus the Captain America costume worn by Chris Evans (2015).
– Rare, hand-drawn images of iconic heroes such as Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Captain America — by the artists who first designed them.
– Many more pages of historically significant hand-drawn original comic art by some of Marvel’s most admired creators, including Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, John Byrne, and Frank Miller — as well as exclusively commissioned original paintings by fan favorites Steve Rude, Esad Ribic, and Jenny Frison.
– Detailed life-size sculptures of Marvel’s beloved characters, including Spider-Man and The Thing, to complement the larger-than-life super hero narrative.
– Special sections designed to provide optimal snapshot moments with classic Marvel characters, and a digital feature that transforms guests into Iron Man.
– An immersive soundscape created by acclaimed composer Lorne Balfe.

Buy tickets HERE.

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Meet Renowned Comic Book Artist Alex Ross At The Dunn Museum On March 9

Comic book artist Alex Ross will take part in a rare signing event at the Dunn Museum in Libertyville, Illinois, on Saturday, March 9, from 2–5 pm. The public appearance––the only scheduled signing in the Chicago area in 2019––marks the opening of his exhibition, Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross, on display March 9 through September 8. 

Considered one of the greatest artists in the field of comic books, Ross has created some of the most iconic images known to fans today. For nearly 30 years, he has revitalized classic superheroes into works of fine art by illustrating characters including Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, the Avengers, Storm, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and many more. 

For the signing event, visitors will be seen by Alex Ross on a first-come, first-served basis. Ross will sign up to five items per person. Exclusive posters, his Marvelocity book, and a variety of other merchandise will be available for purchase at the Dunn Museum gift shop during the event. Selfies can be taken with the artist, as time allows. Ross will not review portfolios or sketches.

A variety of other activities will take place at the exhibition’s opening day, including creating a superhero mask, testing out your superpowers and tours of the exhibit. The Museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm.

Ross’ signing event and other exhibition opening day activities are free with Museum admission: $6 for adults; $3 for seniors; $3 for youth ages 4–17; free for children ages 3 and under. The first 100 people to arrive at the exhibit will be admitted free through support provided by presenting sponsor, the Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves.

Ross, often referred to as the “Norman Rockwell of comics,” started his craft at a young age. Dunn Museum visitors and Ross fans will experience a mini-documentary focusing on his work at all stages of his life. The gallery will include both 2D and 3D work featuring some of Marvels greatest heroes and villains. Approximately 75 original works created by Ross will be on display. They are on loan from his personal collection. 

“Marvelocity” is his latest release, a curated collection of his best Marvel works over his career. The book, which includes painted pages, covers, childhood artwork, and never-before-seen art, reunites Ross with author Chip Kidd and photographer Geoff Spear, who worked with Ross on a 2003 book, “Mythology,” a collection of his best works for DC Comics. 

Ross resides in the Chicago area and is a graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago.

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First Major U.S. Hayao Miyazaki Exhibit To Open At The The Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences Museum In Los Angeles In 2019

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which produces the annual Oscars ceremony, said that its Los Angeles museum will open in late 2019 with an inaugural exhibit showcasing Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki’s works.

The exhibit will feature concept sketches, character designs and storyboards from Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli films such as “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Spirited Away.” The museum’s gift shop will stock Ghibli merchandise for the duration of the exhibit.

The $388 million museum promises to be “the world’s premier institution devoted to exploring the art and science of movies and moviemaking,”.

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Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes Museum Exhibit Guide

Marvel Comics will publish Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes – Museum Exhibit Guide, a catalog and guidebook to the Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes exhibition now open at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle.

The Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes exhibition chronicles the nearly 80 years of Marvel Entertainment with more than 300 original artifacts, pages, costumes, and props. There are interactive photo ops with classic characters. It also celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Marvel Studios by tracing the studio’s impact on visual culture. The 10,000 square-foot exhibit opened in April, and runs through March 3, 2019.

The catalog spotlights legendary comic creators, editors, executives, artists, actors, and art collectors. There are interviews and articles of big Marvel names including Stan Lee, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Clark Gregg, Joe Quesada, G. Willow Wilson, Chris Claremont, Jeph Loeb, Cheo Hodari Coker and James Marsters.

The 248-page 8.5” x 11” trade paperback has an MSRP of $34.99 and will be released in April 2019.

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The Art of Rube Goldberg To Open October 12, 2018 At The National Museum of American Jewish History

The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) is pleased to announce The Art of Rube Goldberg, an exhibition that celebrates the groundbreaking artwork of Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) – one of the most influential and prolific cartoon illustrators of the twentieth century who is best known for his whimsical invention drawing cartoons. Marking the first comprehensive retrospective exhibition of Rube Goldberg’s work since 1970, the exhibition chronicles all aspects of the artist’s seventy-two-year career, from his earliest published drawings and iconic inventions to his Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoons and beyond. The Art of Rube Goldberg will be on view at NMAJH on Historic Independence Mall in Philadelphia from October 12, 2018 through January 21, 2019. The Museum is offering free admission in honor of Election Day on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Bringing together never-before-exhibited original works of art, preparatory drawings, video, and related ephemera, The Art of Rube Goldberg offers visitors an unprecedented opportunity to witness the development of Goldberg’s artwork and trace his rise to prominence as well as his lasting inspiration for generations of aspiring scientists and engineers and for inventors of all ages. It provides an intimate look into the life and legacy of one of the keenest and wittiest observers of modern times, whose name has entered the cultural lexicon and whose influence continues to reverberate into the twenty-first century.

Born in San Francisco and later graduating from the University of California Berkeley with a degree in engineering, it’s no surprise that Goldberg’s academic roots informed his crowning artistic achievement: his invention drawings. Featured prominently in the exhibition, this section explores how Goldberg’s zany contraptions caught the popular imagination and became—as he put it—“a symbol of man’s capacity for exerting maximum effort to achieve minimal results,” highlighting their unique burlesque of our modern age of invention while making him a cultural icon.

The exhibition provides the opportunity to explore the scientific legacy of Rube’s work. In many ways Rube Goldberg could be considered the grandfather of STEM education; Rube blended Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math long before the acronym existed. Paired with his zany and fun invention drawings and political cartoons, Rube also pioneered STEAM, with “Art” playing a key role.

The Art of Rube Goldberg allows for NMAJH to offer different types of interactive learning one would not expect from a history museum. NMAJH will be hosting a Rube Goldberg Machine Contest (RGMC) for high school aged students. The contest requires students to build overly complicated and comically contrived inventions that complete a simple task. RGMCs teach creativity, teamwork, and critical thinking. Educational projects in which students have the opportunity to make something help students develop STEM skills by problem-solving. This year marks the 30th anniversary of RGMCs, which now include participants from more than a dozen countries in both online and live events. This is the first RGMC hosted in the Philadelphia area since 2015. Student groups of 5 or more can register for NMAJH’s contest at rubegoldberg.com. Registration opens in September and closes in November. Scholarships to cover the entrance fee are available.

While Goldberg never built the machines featured in his iconic invention drawings, visitors to the exhibition will experience an interactive “play” area of the exhibition. Visitors of all ages will be able to try existing simple machines as well as build their own Rube Goldberg machines of varying skill levels. The Art of Rube Goldberg aims to preserve Rube’s legacy as a leader in American innovation and humor, and inspire unconventional thinking for future generations.

The exhibition includes Goldberg’s innovative early work, with original drawings that reveal the beginnings of his comic style; then follows his steady rise to fame as a nationally syndicated presence in the 1920s and 1930s. Highlights include one of Goldberg’s earliest existing drawings, “The Old Violinist,” from 1895; an original concept drawing of Boob McNutt and Bertha from the 1920s; plus original artwork for such daily and weekly comic strip series as Foolish Questions, Mike and Ike—They Look Alike, and Boob Mc-Nutt, all from the 1910s and 1920s. The influence of vaudeville and early film on Goldberg’s comic imagination is explored, and his satirical takes on fashion, sports, politics, gender roles, and other aspects of modern life are showcased and celebrated. Rare family photographs and early films provide period detail and essential context.

The broad reach and popular appeal of Goldberg’s inventions is also featured through the presentation of film footage from the Goldberg scripted film, Soup to Nuts, from 1930 starring the Three Stooges, the classic self-operating napkin sequence from Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times (1936), and from a rare interview of Goldberg by legendary broadcaster Edward R. Murrow. The popularity of Goldberg’s drawings and the artist himself is also explored through period examples of children’s toys, hobby kits and board games directly inspired by the invention drawings.

The exhibition concludes with a vivid survey of Goldberg’s output during his final decades and with a celebration of his lasting influence on popular culture. “The more I got to know him through his work, the more I understood how important it was not just to keep his legacy going but to reintroduce him to the world.”  says Jennifer George, Rube Goldberg’s granddaughter. 

A selection of his late-in-life political cartoons traces the remarkable coda of his long career, while his enduring popularity is underscored by such items as the 1995 Rube Goldberg U.S. Postage stamp. 

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The Grammy Museum Announces The Get Animated Invasion Celebrating Warner Bros. Animated Characters 

The Grammy Museum has teamed up with Warner Bros. to present The Get Animated Invasion, an interactive pop-up exhibit that will take over the GRAMMY Museum’s second floor from August 18-September 9, 2018. 

Warner Bros. animated characters have a long history of invading pop culture through music, from popularizing classical compositions to creating mainstream hits that stand the test of time. Come to the Grammy Museum for an interactive journey of reimagined musical moments within Warner Bros.’ most beloved animated entertainment. The exhibit starts by celebrating Looney Tunes’ unique way of blending comedy with a modern twist on classical music, through unforgettable scenes where Bugs Bunny showcases his musical skills. Next, visitors can rock out in Judy Jetson’s futuristic bedroom, which moonlights as the ultimate Jet Screamer fandom shrine. Other features include Scooby-Doo’s psychedelic stage, the 2-D-meets-3-D phenomena that is Space Jam, and so much more! 

Exhibit Features:

-Looney Tunes will feature interpretations of three classical music-driven episodes: “What’s Opera Doc?,” “Rabbit of Seville,” and “Long-Haired Hare.

-Scooby-Doo is inspired by the sounds of the ’60s and ’70s and will include a psychedelic stage experience in collaboration with artist Sam Taylor to celebrate the music heard on the series.

-Space Jam will pay homage to ’90s R&B inspired by its iconic soundtrack as well as the ultimate Monstars vs. Tunesquad showdown from the film. Artist Joshua Vides reinterprets the 2-D world with a galactic half-court space in his signature style.

-Smallfoot will immerse visitors in a winter escape inspired by the September 28th feature release, starring Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common, Lebron James, Danny Devito, Gina Rodriguez, Yara Shahidi, Ely Henry and Jimmy Tatro; and featuring new music written by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick and performed by Tatum, Common and Zendaya, along with a new song from Niall Horan. Fine artist Crystal Wagner brings her signature larger-than-life structure work into the space to create a snowy dome-like environment reflecting the story’s beautiful mountain setting.

-Animaniacs will highlight notable tongue-twisting and wacky songs from the show through an interactive karaoke booth designed by artist duo Confetti System.

-Tom and Jerry is known for its classical compositions. To bring a modern and interactive element to the genre, guests will have the opportunity to dive into the episodes and celebrate the musical moments with a private experience.

-The Flintstones will showcase a reinterpreted stone age-inspired instrument from the series and guests will be able to physically play the instrument as well.

-The Jetsons brings the experience into Judy Jetson’s bedroom and her love of music and teenage heartthrob jet screamer. The mid-century meets futuristic aesthetic is curated by creator Amelia Muqbel to help bring the ultimate fan-girl world to life.

-Get Animated records will celebrate all the musical elements across our highlighted animations with our own take of a get animated record shop with reimagined vinyl artwork inspired by our characters.

Celebrate the music that generations have come to know and love, and experience the music of your favorite childhood cartoons like never before at the Grammy Museum! 

Member Pre-Sale: August 1, 2018
General Admission Sale: August 8, 2018

More info HERE.

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Introducing The Comic-Con Museum

Plans are underway to capture the excitement and magic of Comic-Con in a year-round attraction located in San Diego’s historic Balboa Park. The Comic-Con Museum will encourage an appreciation of comics and related popular arts through exhibits, programs and events drawn from across the Comic-Con universe.

Considered the cultural heart of San Diego, Balboa Park is already home to numerous museums, galleries and theaters along with the famous San Diego Zoo. Now, with the help of the City of San Diego, CCI is in the process of converting the 1935 Federal Building into what is planned to be a world-class museum by day, and a very unique fan community venue by night.

Comic-Con was founded in San Diego in 1970 as a gathering for comic-book fans. It has grown into a pop-culture and entertainment juggernaut that attracts more than 130,000 attendees, the largest of any convention in San Diego.

Comic-Con organizers struck an agreement with the city to get the 68,000-square-foot space for no rent, a common deal for arts institutions housed in the park.

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Brandi Carlile To Perform At The GRAMMY Museum On July 12, 2018

The GRAMMY Museum is thrilled to welcome GRAMMY-nominated Brandi Carlile with her longtime collaborators and bandmates Tim and Phil Hanseroth to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate performance and conversation hosted by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman on July 12, 2018.

The band is currently in the midst of an extensive nationwide tour in celebration of their breakthrough new album, By The Way, I Forgive You, which debuted earlier this year at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Current Albums chart, Rock Albums chart and Americana/Folk Albums chart and Number 5 on the Billboard 200 chart—a career high for the Seattle-based group. Produced by Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings, the album continues to receive overwhelming acclaim, including recent “Best Albums of 2018” coverage at Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard and more.

The new album follows last year’s Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child. The special project – featuring cover songs performed by Dolly Parton, Adele, Pearl Jam, Kris Kristofferson, The Avett Brothers, Margo Price, Jim James and more along with a forward by Barack Obama – has raised nearly one million dollars to date.

Beloved by fans and critics alike, the band has performed sold-out concerts across the world, including shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Radio City Music Hall and the Ryman Auditorium and has appeared on various TV shows including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show, The Today Show, Conan and CBS This Morning.

Tickets go on sale June 21, 2018. Click HERE for more info.

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The Library of Congress Receives Largest Donation of Comic Books In Library History

The Library of Congress announced that collector and entrepreneur Stephen A. Geppi has donated to the nation’s library more than 3,000 items from his phenomenal and vast personal collection of comic books and popular art, including the original storyboards that document the creation of Mickey Mouse.  

This multimillion-dollar gift includes comic books, original art, photos, posters, newspapers, buttons, pins, badges and related materials, and select items will be on display beginning this summer.

The Stephen A. Geppi Collection of Comics and Graphic Arts has been on public display in Baltimore, Maryland, for the past decade and is a remarkable and comprehensive assemblage of popular art.  It includes a wide range of rare comics and represents the best of the Golden (1938-1956), Silver (1956-1970) and Bronze (1970-1985) ages of comic books. The mint-condition collection is also noted for its racially and socially diverse content as well as the distinctive creative styles of each era.

The collection also includes motion picture posters and objects showcasing how music, comic book characters, cultural icons and politicians were popularized in the consumer marketplace.  Among these are Beatles memorabilia, a collection of flicker rings popularizing comic book characters and political figures such as Martin Luther King Jr., Richard Outcault’s The Yellow Kid printing blocks and the No. 2 Brownie camera model F from Eastman Kodak Company.

One signature item in the collection represents the birth of one of animation’s most iconic characters. Six rare storyboards detail the story layout and action for Walt Disney’s 1928 animated film, “Plane Crazy.”  It was the first Mickey Mouse cartoon produced, but the third to be released, after sound was added, in 1929. “Steamboat Willie” was the first Mickey Mouse cartoon to be theatrically released, on Nov. 18, 1928, which marks its 90th anniversary this year.

“The Library of Congress is home to the nation’s largest collection of comic books, cartoon art and related ephemera and we celebrate this generous donation to the American people that greatly enhances our existing holdings,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “The appeal of comic books is universal, and we are thrilled that this new addition to the collections will make them even more accessible to people worldwide.”

“When I began collecting comic books as a young boy and then in earnest in 1972, I would have never dreamed that a major portion of my collection would find a home at the Library of Congress, alongside the papers of 23 presidents, the Gutenberg Bible and Thomas Jefferson’s library,” said Geppi. “This gift will help celebrate the history of comics and pop culture and their role in promoting literacy.”

Geppi is the owner and CEO of Diamond Comic Distributors, based in Baltimore.  A fan of comic books as a child, he later began seriously collecting them and turned his passion into a series of pop culture businesses.  Over the years, Geppi amassed one of the largest individual collections of vintage comic books and pop culture artifacts in the world.

Geppi will continue to be an active collector and will be considering other donations to the Library of Congress in the future.  “I view this newly established connection to the Library of Congress as the beginning of a long-term relationship,” said Geppi.

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The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited To Open At The Skirball Cultural Center On June 1, 2018

The Skirball Cultural Center announces the June 1 opening of The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited, a dynamic new visitor experience exploring the legacy of Jim Henson (1936-1990). Featuring more than 100 objects drawn from the beloved worlds of Sesame Street, The Muppets, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and much more, the traveling exhibition highlights Henson’s groundbreaking work for film and television and his transformative impact on popular culture. It reveals how Henson – together with his team of builders, performers, and writers – created an unparalleled body of work that continues to delight and inspire people of all ages.

Organized by the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI), New York, The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited will be at the Skirball through September 2. This traveling exhibition is a version of MoMI’s ongoing The Jim Henson Exhibition, which is on view at its home in New York City.

At the Skirball, visitors will have the opportunity to view a broad range of artifacts, including more than twenty puppets, character sketches, storyboards, scripts, photographs, film and television clips, behind-the-scenes footage, and costumes. Interactive stations will invite visitors to try their hand at puppeteering on camera and designing a puppet.

In keeping with its mission, the Skirball will delve into the social impact of Henson’s work, illuminating his vision to forge human connections. In particular, the Skirball will highlight how Henson’s characters and stories represent individuals and communities of diverse backgrounds and abilities, inspiring the public to look beyond differences and cultivate a more compassionate, inclusive world.

The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited begins with a brief look at Henson’s early life through images of Henson as a young man and reproductions of some of his early drawings and sketches. It then follows the steady rise of his career-from early works and experiments to the famed worldwide brands of Sesame Street, The Muppets, and beyond. 

Highlights include:

-Kermit the Frog puppet from 1978
-Handwritten scripts from Henson’s first television series, Sam and Friends (1955-1961)
-A clip from Henson’s Academy Award-nominated experimental short film Time Piece (1965)
-Puppets from Sesame Street (1969- ), including Grover, Ernie and Bert, and Count von Count
-Section on The Muppet Show (1976-1981), including puppets of Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Beaker, and Scooter, as well as material from the Muppets’ transition to the big screen, such as set models and storyboards
-Jen and Kira puppets from The Dark Crystal (1982)
-Red Fraggle from Fraggle Rock (1983-1987), which celebrates its thirty-fifth anniversary this year
-Jareth’s and Sarah’s ballroom costumes from Labyrinth (1986)

The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited is a traveling exhibition organized by Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria, NY) in cooperation with The Jim Henson Company, The Muppets Studio, and Sesame Workshop, and toured worldwide by Flying Fish. The exhibition features puppets and other objects donated to MoMI by the family of Jim Henson, plus works on loan from The Jim Henson Company’s archives.

The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited made its world premiere at the Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle, May 2017-February 2018, in advance of the July 2017 debut of MoMI’s permanent gallery dedicated to Henson.

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