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Current Exhibition

 Loose Nut Woody


Woody Woodpecker & The Avant-Garde
September 22 - November 20, 2016

Amidst the turbulence of the Second World War, fine artists, animators, and filmmakers 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 who came to see the latest art exhibitions and to 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 modernist 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 of early 1940s cartoons. The exhibition will reflect this unlikely collision of people, art forms, political beliefs, and wartime efforts.

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

Gallery Walkthrough with Curator Tom Klein and Opening Reception
Thursday, September 22, 2016, 3-6pm
Walkthrough (3pm) Opening Reception (4-6pm)