Exhibition on display at New York University’s Fales Collection, Nov. 8-Jan. 11 On Thursday, November 8, 6:30 p.m., John Canemaker, one of America’s most respected animation historians and the acting chair of the Department of Film and Television in the New York University Tisch School of the Arts, will discuss his new book, Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men and the Art of Animation (Disney Editions); the book offers an intimate biographical glimpse into the art and lives of Disney’s core group of animators: Les Clark, Wolfgang Reitherman, Eric Larson, Ward Kimball, Milt Kahl, Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, John Lounsbery, and Marc Davis.
The event will take place at the Fales Collection of the NYU Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, 3rd floor. It is free and open to the public; for further information call (212) 998-2596.
An exhibition honoring Canemaker and his work, entitled “John Canemaker: An Animated Life” will open concurrently with the book signing and will run through January 11, 2002. This exhibit features manuscripts, cels, stills, correspondence, and other research materials related to Canemaker’s career as an award-winning animator and as an historian of film animation. The John Canemaker Papers, housed in the Fales Collection since 1989, is one of the largest personal collections on the history of animation in a research library.
Canemaker, the author of such critically acclaimed texts as Felix: The Twisted Tale of the World’s Most Famous Cat and Winsor McCay: His Life and Art, has directed and designed animation for numerous TV commercials and documentaries including the Academy Award-winning You Don’t Have to Die, the Peabody Award-winning Break the Silence: Kids Against Child Abuse, and the Emmy Award-winning Confessions of a Stand-Up. His own film works include: Confessions of a Stardreamer, Confessions of a Stand-Up, Bottom’s Dream and The Wizard’s Son.