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Academy Offers Panel on Disney Artist Mary Blair
A new panel featuring Pixar helmer Pete Docter (Up), Eric and Susan Goldberg, Mark Giaimo and Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi will explore the lasting legacy of Disney artist Mary Blair on October 20 at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. “Mary Blair’s World of Color: A Centennial Tribute” will celebrate Blair’s remarkable and highly influential concept work for Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan in the 1950s. Art historian Charles Solomon will moderate the event.
Blair’s bold and colorful designs continue to inspire artists in all areas of animation today. Her unique and lasting impact on animation continues to this day, though Blair is best known for her design of Disneyland’s “it’s a small world” attraction, which she worked on with legendary animator Marc Davis, for whom the lecture series is named, and his wife Disney Imagineer Alice Davis.
Following the program, attendees will be able to view a selection of original works by Blair. Tickets for the event are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. They may be purchased online at www.oscars.org, by mail, in person at the Academy during regular business hours or, depending on availability, on the night of the program when the doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more info visit oscars.org.