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)

LMU Chair of Animation and Curator of the exhibition will lead a walkthrough of the exhibition followed by an opening reception.

Talk: Professor Nigel Raab, Learning from Each Other,
Early Soviet & American Film
Tuesday, October 4, 9-10am
Communication Arts, Mayer Theater

Stretching Time: A Slow Arts Festival
Animation, music, dance and food at a slower pace.
Saturday, October 8, 4-7pm
Burns Fine Arts Complex

This event is co-organized by the Bellarmine Forum and the Laband Art Gallery.

Talk: David E. James, Avant-Garde Film in Los Angeles in the Early 1940s
Thursday October 20, 2016, 7pm
LMU, Animation Drawing Room, Communication Arts Building, Room 310

USC Professor David E. James will discuss his book The Most Typical Avant-Garde: History and Geography of Minor Cinemas in Los Angeles (2006).


January 21 - March 19, 2017
(The gallery will be closed March 4-12 for LMU's Spring Break)

The exhibitionexplores the complicated and intriguing figure of the psychopomp. A character found in mythology, spiritual practices, and psychology, he/she guides us from one place or one stage of being to another, from the unconscious to the conscious, from life to death. One of the most familiar psychopomps is the Greek god and trickster Hermes, who travelled between worlds, however, forms of the psychopomp are pervasive in our daily lives as well. The exhibition will present contemporary works of art that act as psychopomps themselves physically and mentally guiding visitors from one state of being to another. The artists featured are: Mowry Baden, Daniel Dove, Jennifer Moon, Liz Nurenberg, Nick Rodriques, Marnie Weber, and Liliana Wilson.

This exhibition is co-organized by LMU's Marital and Family Therapy Program and the Laband Art Gallery.

Opening Reception
Saturday January 21, 2017, 3-5pm

Young Contemporaries 2017

April 19 - May 6, 2017

Each spring, current LMU art students are invited to enter Young Contemporaries and to have their work judged by two professionals from LA's art world. The Laband's annual juried student show features works of art in all the disciplines taught in LMU's art program including drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, painting, ceramics, graphic design, and new media. The exhibition provides an excellent professional experience for students and celebrates the amazing creativity brewing in LMU's art department.

Generous support for the exhibition is provided by The Friedman Family in memory of Andrea Kingaard Friedman '66.

Opening Reception
Wednesday April 19, 2017, 6-8pm

Artists Reception and Awards Ceremony
Thursday April 27, 2017, 5-7pm