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The Museum of Modern Art in NY has unveiled its largest, most object oriented exhibition in its history; an exhibition that is devoted to digital animation of Pixar Studios.
In contrast to the Guggenheim’s Armani exhibition, the Pixar show does not coincide with a monetary gift to the museum by its subject (the show’s sponsors are Intel and Porsche). And in contrast to many museums, the Modern does not have a single Pixar-related toy or object for sale in its bookstore, only a rather meager catalog. There is definitely an element of convenience in focusing on the work of one studio when the field of animation is so immense, and also in the almost complete dearth of writing in the catalog, which has been published by Chronicle Books, rather than the Modern. Still, there is much to see in the show, and if a lot of it is more visual culture than art, much less great art, the focus is in accord with the museum’s long tradition of attention to all kinds of visual disciplines, especially design.
Pixar: 20 Years of Animation runs from December 14th, 2005 through February 6th, 2006.
[via NY Times]