Canemaker to Lecture on Mary Blair in L.A.

Respected animator and animation historian John Canemaker will appear in person at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) on Friday, Nov. 7 with the multimedia presentation The Art and Flair of Mary Blair. Based on his new Disney Editions book, the lecture will describe the life and career of Blair, the prolific designer/colorist who was one of the few woman artists to reach the top creative rungs at the Disney studio.

Using nearly 300 illustrations, Canemaker will demonstrate how Blair profoundly influenced the color and design of many classic Disney animated features, including The Three Caballeros, Cinderella and Peter Pan, as well as theme park attractions such as "It’s a Small World," created for the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Although veering towards abstraction, her artworks were admired by Walt Disney, who responded to the storytelling aspect of her paintings.

John Canemaker is the author of nine acclaimed books, including Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men, and director of the animation program at New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

The 7:30 p.m. lecture/demo will be followed by a book signing and a rare 35mm screening of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, the 1951 cartoon feature principally art directed by Blair. For ticket information call 323-857-6010 or visit the LA County Museum of Art web site at http://www.lacma.org/.