Pittsburgh ToonSeum Grand Opening at New Location on November 14, 2009
The ToonSeum, Pittsburgh’s Museum of Cartoon Art, will be moving to its new location in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District at 945 Liberty Avenue in the Bruno Building, Downtown. Its grand opening slated for Saturday, November 14, 2009, at 10:00 AM, with its inaugural exhibit being “Enchanted Drawings: A Century of Animation” with original art starting with Gertie the Dinosaur and running all the way up to SpongeBob SquarePants and his current-day animated cohorts.
The full press release follows:
-The ToonSeum, Pittsburgh’s Museum of Cartoon Art, is excited to announce its move to Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.
At 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, the ToonSeum will open its doors at 945 Liberty Ave. The ToonSeum’s new home is located in the Bruno Building, Downtown, just blocks from the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and a stone’s throw from other stellar cultural institutions and Downtown attractions.
The ToonSeum is one of only three museums in the nation dedicated exclusively to the cartoon arts. The ToonSeum has been hosted for the past two years by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Its new location will more than triple the ToonSeum’s current space and allow for expanded exhibitions, educational programs, a permanent gallery and a space dedicated to local and independent artists. The move is made possible by a grant from the Grable Foundation.
“We’re thrilled to welcome The ToonSeum to the Cultural District, as the organization adds a new dimension to the diverse programming in downtown Pittsburgh,” said J. Kevin McMahon, president and CEO of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “Their exhibits and hands-on, educational programs provide a unique opportunity to engage the community and to celebrate the art of cartooning.”
The ToonSeum will feature new exhibitions every two to three months, beginning with “Enchanted Drawings: A Century of Animation.” The exhibit will feature original art from Gertie the Dinosaur to Spongebob and more. On display will be rare artifacts, including an original animation director’s desk from one of Disney’s early studios.
The ToonSeum will present exhibitions of local and independent cartoonists. The first featured local artist will be Ed Piskor. Piskor has worked with writer Harvey Pekar on projects such as “Macedonia” and “The Beats.” His independent work includes the popular series “Wizzywig.”
The ToonSeum has established an ambitious exhibition schedule for its first year, including one of the largest exhibitions of original art from the anime classic “Akira.” Other exhibitions for 2010 will feature cartoon canines, Ziggy by Tom Wilson, and a chance to explore the social impact of the comic arts through “The Montgomery Story,” a controversial civil rights comic. The ToonSeum also will present an ongoing lecture series and workshops for all ages.
“This new location is part of our continued growth,” says ToonSeum founder and Executive Director Joe Wos. “We are honored to be a part of the Cultural District and look forward to a greater exposure in the community and a chance to bring pop culture to the Cultural District.”
The expansion, while only a little more than 1,000 square feet, includes a gift shop operated by Copacetic Comics. The ToonSeum’s archive of more than 1,000 pieces of original comic and cartoon art is housed in Guardian Storage’s climate-controlled facility in the Strip District.
The design of the new space is being headed by ToonSeum board member Dan Vitalie of Denham-Vitalie Design Associates, and the ToonSeum’s signage and branding is being created by ToonSeum board Vice President Harold Behar of Behar-Fingal.
Advance tickets for the opening weekend are available at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/87269.
Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children ages 5 to 17. Children younger than 5 are free.
Visit us online at www.toonseum.org.
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