LAIKA Animation Exhibit Launches At The Portland Art Museum

LAIKA ExhibitThe Portland Art Museum and its Northwest Film Center have announced the opening of the Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA museum exhibit.

Offering a behind-the-scenes look at the artistry and technology of the Oscar© winning animation studio, the exhibit has received positive appraisal from local and national media as well as praise from visitors since opening on October 14. Portland Art Museum Executive Director Brian Ferris commented on the success of the exhibit:

“The partnership with LAIKA and the energy it brings to the Museum is very special. We are thrilled with the initial response to the show and in particular the opportunity for our community to learn more about this significant and dynamic art form and the artists behind it. Everyone at LAIKA is honored by the early response to ‘Animating Life: The Art, Science and Wonder of LAIKA’ at the Portland Art Museum. We are truly inspired by the public’s enthusiasm and are particularly thrilled to see so many out-of-state and international fans in attendance for what has been such a joyous collaboration for us with PAM.”

You can watch a trailer for the exhibit below!

The exhibit immerses visitors into the studio’s creative process through behind-the-scenes photography, video clips and physical artwork from films including Kubo and the Two Strings (2016), The Boxtrolls (2014), ParaNorman (2012) and Coraline (2009). Visitors will explore production design, sets, props, puppets, costumes, and world-building for which the studio has become known.  Brian Ferris, The Marilyn H. and Dr. Robert B. Pamplona Jr. Director and Chief Curator of the Portland Art Museum, made the following statement on the partnership between the museum and LAIKA:

“Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center are thrilled to partner with LAIKA to present the wonders of this distinct enterprise. LAIKA at its core is an artistic endeavor that embraces the past and infuses it with a 21st-century vision. LAIKA’s aesthetic vocabulary continues to be shaped by the people and uniqueness of this special state.

Having earned a 2016 Scientific and Technology Oscar® for its rapid prototyping system, the studio’s devotion to telling new stories in original ways was noted by Kubo and the Two Strings director and President & CEO of LAIKA Travis Knight:

“We believe storytelling is an important part of who we are. LAIKA embraces our great privilege to tell stories by creating films that bring people together, kindle imaginations and inspire people to dream. We are proud to showcase our creative process through this partnership with the Portland Art Museum, one of the country’s greatest art institutions, and the Northwest Film Center. Art in its finest forms speaks to our shared humanity, opening us up to new ways of thinking and feeling and helping us to recognize the hidden connectivity of all things. With this exhibit, LAIKA, PAM, and the Northwest Film Center have created something that can be part of that communal process of change and connection.”

The Northwest Film Center will present a wide-range of programming to showcase both the studio’s work as well as the evolution of stop-motion animation since before the turn of the 20th century. The Center will also offer a range of animation classes, workshops, and visiting artist programs for students, artists, families, and community members of all ages. Exhibition offerings in its Global Classroom screening program for high school students will also be included.

The exhibit runs through May 20.

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