Woody Woodpecker & The Avant-Garde

September 22 – November 20, 2016 at Loyola Marymount University

Amidst the turbulence of the Second World War, fine artists, animators, filmmakers and musicians found a sense of freedom and unexpected sources of inspiration in Los Angeles. The American Contemporary Gallery in Hollywood was a gathering place for a creative community that came to see the latest art exhibition and attend weekly screenings of classic and avant-garde films. Among the attendees was a young director named Shamus Culhane, who began to experiment at Walter Lantz Productions, bringing surprising avant-garde artistic references and film techniques into mainstream animated Woody Woodpecker films. The results brought Woody Woodpecker to his peak as a brazen character, embodying the shifting tenor.

This exhibition is co-organized by Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television, College of Communication and Fine Arts, and Laband Art Gallery with generous cooperation from Universal Studios.

For more event information, be sure to visit LMU’s official event Web page.

Loyola Marymount University Main Campus
1 LMU Drive,
Los Angeles, California 90045

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Please note the gallery will be closed Friday, October 15 through Sunday, October 16 for Loyola Marymount University’s Fall break.