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Little Nemo’s Progress: Animation and Contemporary Art

Image Credit: LaTurbo Avedon, Frontier Study, 2018, single-channel projection installation with audio. © LaTurbo Avedon, courtesy of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, animation still by TRANSFER Gallery.

On View: Aug. 6 to Dec. 14, 2019

Reception: September 27, 2019 | 4:30 - 7 P.M. 
Panel Discussion: September 26, 2019 | 6 P.M. 
Friday, September 27, 2019
Free to attend, complimentary refreshments provided.
4:30 - 7 P.M. | OSU Museum of Art


Little Nemo’s Progress: Animation and Contemporary Art highlights the processes (and creative possibilities) involved in crafting animated spatial environments, and illuminates a broad range of innovative animation-based processes, including video game design.  The exhibition features a selection of works by contemporary artists, including works drawn from the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation Digital Art collection. 

It will feature digital, interactive and stop-motion animation by LaTurbo Avedon, Lyndon J. Barrois, Andrea Crespo, Daniel Canogar, Daniel Rozin, Jennifer Steinkamp and Gabrielle Tesfaye.  Together, the exhibited works illuminate a broad range of creative strategies for conceptualizing, fabricating and presenting diverse realms of animated space.   This exhibition will have a particular focus on recent innovation in digital animation while also highlighting historically-significant animated works such as Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo (1911) as well as transformative moments in video game design.  Above all, Little Nemo’s Progress examines how contemporary artists have employed traditional and digital animation, stop motion and other strategies for exploring themes engaged with utopian and/or dystopian visions; issues of constructed and/or performed identity; experiments with sensory stimulation; scenes of revolutionary mass demonstration; and re-imagined art historical genres, tropes, styles and/or movements, including still-life and landscape traditions.








This exhibition is curator by Mora J. Beauchamp-Byrd, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History at Oklahoma State University, assisted by a Student Curatorial Team, including Project Coordinator Bianca Martucci-Fink (OSU Museum of Art Graduate Research Assistant); Syd Hammond (Video Game Design/History Assistant); Kayla Andrus (Curatorial Assistant); Hope Bailey (Exhibition Design Assistant).

Exhibitions and programs at the OSU Museum of Art are supported by: Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, Malinda and Dick Fischer, Mary Ann and Ken Fergeson, the OSU Museum of Art Advocates, the Raymond & Bessie Kravis Foundation, and the OSU Museum of Art Founding Patrons and Charter Members.