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Special family-friendly tour of "PIXAR" at Oakland Museum of California
A private tour with special docents for PCNC members and families of OMCA's major exhibition of "PIXAR: 25 Years of Animation," showing the creative process and craftsmanship behind Pixar's computer-animated films.

Join fellow Princetonians and guests at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) on Saturday, October 2, for a special tour of PIXAR: 25 Years of Animation. This is a major exhibition of over 500 works by the artists at Pixar Animation Studios. It includes drawings, paintings, and sculptures that illustrate the creative process and craftsmanship behind Pixar's wildly successful films. A number of significant works will be on public display for the first time, including art from Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up, and Toy Story 3.

All ages are welcome.

A highlight of the exhibition is a special media installation -- the Pixar Zoetrope, a three-dimensional device that displays a rapid succession of images, creating the illusion of motion. Pixar's Zoetrope is a dazzling and mesmerizing modern implementation of a technology that bridged time-and-motion studies by artists like Eadweard Muybridge and the invention of the movie projector by Thomas A. Edison. The PIXAR exhibition also includes an awe-inspiring version of the Pixar Artscape, a 15-minute widescreen media installation that gives the viewer the sensation of entering into and exploring the exquisite details of the original artworks.

When the OMCA exhibition opened, Pixar's Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter pointed out that Pixar artists work in traditional media -- drawing, painting, pastels, and sculpture -- as well as in digital media. "This artwork plays a particularly important role in the process of concept design, story, and character development. The Oakland Museum of California celebrates the breadth of California creativity through its collections, and it is wonderful to revisit the craftsmanship of Pixar artists in this context."

At the heart of PIXAR are the concept drawings, sketches, paintings, and maquettes created by Pixar artists to bring to life the characters and stories that have enchanted moviegoers. Drawing on work from Pixar's eleven feature films and many of its short films, the exhibition showcases many of the pencil drawings, paintings, and sculptures that form the backbone of the computer-generated images for which Pixar has become internationally recognized. The exhibition also includes video interviews with artists and behind-the-scenes footage of Pixar's creative process.

PIXAR is installed in approximately 11,000 square feet of special exhibition galleries, and it expands into museum hallways and the museum store. Mural-size graphics and video projections are used throughout OMCA's newly renovated landmark facility - linking the exhibition to the museum's collections, and encouraging visitors to explore the work of Pixar artists as part of a continuum of creativity and innovation in California. The Museum connects PIXAR to the legacy of California's pioneering role in imaging technology, including daguerreotypes, albumen stereographs, nineteenth-century photographic panoramas, and new media that show California at the frontier of how images are created.

Following the tour there will be an optional no-host luncheon in the Museum’s new Blue Oak Café, headed by acclaimed Bay Area Chef Robert Dorsey. Joining us for lunch will be long-term OMCA Executive Board member Rich Edwards ’69.  He will share insights into the leadership of the Museum by OMCA Executive Director, Lori Fogarty -- who over the past three years led the very successful $63 million capital campaign and inspired the museum’s curators and nationally acclaimed consultants in the design and installation of the state-of-the art museum galleries. It is a testimony to Ms. Fogarty’s leadership that the museum not only raised (and beat) its campaign goals three times since the financial markets’ implosion in 2007, but also operated in the black for the past three years of transformation and construction (including being closed to the public for over 9 months). There will be ample time for discussion at lunch, and then an optional overview tour of the highlights of the completely new California Art and California History galleries.

Meet at 10 a.m. for coffee, tea & cookies on the terrace outside the Blue Oak Cafe, overlooking the koi pond. The docent-led tours will begin promptly at 10:30, a half-hour before the exhibition opens to the general public. The tours will end at about 12:15, followed by a no-host luncheon for those who are interested.

This event is limited to 40 participants, including children.

Price for PCNC members and their guests: $18 for adults; $6 for youth 9-17; free for children 8 and under (but registration is required).

Price for PCNC non-members and their guests: $23 per person.

Click here to sign up!!!

Note:  Ticket sales close on this website on Wednesday night, Sept 29th. After that date contact Rich Edwards '69 at  richedwardsimagery@gmail.com to see if any space is left.

Location: Oakland Museum of California; 1000 Oak Street in Oakland, one block east of the Lake Merritt BART Station. An underground parking garage can be entered from Oak Street (one way heading east) between 10th and 12th Streets.

Event Information
Saturday, Oct 2 2010 at 10:00am [ iCal ]
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street
Oakland, CA

Look Who's Coming:
Guest of Catherine Zhang
Guest of Catherine Zhang
Guest of Catherine Zhang
Guest of Catherine Zhang
Laura Boyd
Chris Boyd
Jennifer Boyd
Jessica Boyd
Lily Boyd
Stephanie Chen
Lew Douglas
Lew Douglas
Richard Edwards
Executive Board, OMCA
Robin Edwards
Howard Gordon
liz gordon
Deepak Kanungo
Maya Kanungo
Ina Joan Kim
Brian Lewis
Imara Lewis
Mujinga Mwamufiya
Diane Prioleau
Frost Prioleau
Heidi Robertson
Jyothi Robertson
Claire-Marine Sarner
Michele Sarner
Peter Shiau
Tina Wang
Catherine Zhang
Catherine Zhang
... a total of 40 guests.

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