Nashville, Tennessee’s The Frist Center for the Visual Arts will celebrate the art and history of animation with a special summer exhibition. Watch Me Move: The Animation Show is the most extensive installation ever mounted to present the wide range of imagery produced in the last 120 years of animation history. Organized by London’s Barbican Centre, the exhibition juxtaposes works by pioneers and indie filmmakers — including Etienne-Jule Marey, Max Fleischer and Lotte Reiniger — with the blockbusters of Disney, Ghibli and Pixar. It also boasts works by major contemporary artists such as William Kentridge and Nathalie Djurberg. Watch Me Move will run in The Frist Center’s Ingram Gallery from June 6 to September 1, 2014.
In addition to 85-plus works on display in the six-part gallery experience (following the themes Apparitions, Fables and Fragments, Structures, Characters, Superhumans and Modern Visions through the course of animation’s development over the century), the Frist has partnered with local, independent nonprofit Belcourt Theatre to present an animation series scheduled for the first three weekends of July. A selection of family-friendly classics will screen Saturday mornings at 10 a.m., while more mature audiences can enjoy midnight screenings of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Ralph Bakshi’s Heavy Traffic and Ghost in the Shell.