Film Series | Adults in the Dark: Avant-Garde Animation

In the wake of the cultural revolutions of the mid 20th century, a number of artists began making use of animation to challenge societal boundaries, accepted aesthetic tastes, and narrative practices. Breaking away from the notion that animation was a cinematic medium reserved for children, these artists established striking new directions in the use of stop-motion, hand-drawn, in-camera, and computer-generated animation.

Tracing this lineage, the cinema series Adults in the Dark: Avant-Garde Animation surveys work of some of the key figures of the American vanguard, including John and James Whitney’s pioneering abstract cinema, Ralph Bakshi’s adult–themed, feature–length cartoons, and Martha Colburn’s  more recent  mixed-media politically charged animations. Adults in the Dark: Avant-Garde Animation illustrates the evolution of this medium, which continues to reverberate with originality. 

 

Adults in the Dark: Avant-Garde Animation is organized by Jake Yuzna with Aaron Anderson

 Heavy Traffic, dir. Ralph Bakshi, image courtesy of the artist
 Jim Trainer, image courtesy of the Artist
 Lapis, Dir.James Whitney, Image courtesy of the Estate of John and James Whitney
 Adventures of an Asterisk, Dir. John Hibley, image courtesy of the Estate of John and Faith Hubley
 Robert Breer
 Triumph of the WIld, Dir. Martha Colburn, image courtesy of the Artist
 Face Like a Frog, Sally Cruikshank, image Courtesy of the Artist
 Centllattice, Brenna Murphy, image courtesy of the Artist
 Alone with the Moon, Dir Peter Burr, image Courtesy of the Artist

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