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Color and Line: Mid-Century Animation

Mid-Century Animation
1 PM-3 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Sat October 20, 2018
1 PM-3 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


Challenging and creative films like 1969’s Up Is Down put director Millie Goldsholl at the vanguard of animation during a period of intense innovation in the form. This program surveys some of her influences and peers, showcasing styles that vary from Norman McLaren’s visionary experiments in direct-to-film animation and pixilation to Faith and John Hubley’s beautifully-crafted and humanistic narrative shorts. Award-winning animator (and Northwestern Professor) Eric Patrick will be present to share his insights into these bold, inventive films.

Begone Dull Care (Norman McLaren and Evelyn Lambart, 1949, 16mm, 8 min.) Produced and distributed by the National Film Board of Canada

Neighbors (Norman McLaren, 1952, 35mm, 8 min.) Produced and distributed by the National Film Board of Canada

Trade Tattoo (Len Lye, 1937, 16mm, 5 min.)

Celery Stalks At Midnight (John Whitney 1951, 16mm, 3 min.) Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive

Form Phases IV (Robert Breer, 1954, 16mm, 3 min.)

The Hole (Faith & John Hubley, 1962, 35mm, 15 min.) Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive

Composition in Blue (Oskar Fischinger, 1935, 35mm, 4 min.)

Sand, or Peter and the Wolf (Caroline Leaf, 1969, 16mm, 10 min.)

Frank Film (Caroline and Frank Mouris, 1973, DCP, 9 min.) Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive

Envelope Jive (Goldsholl Design & Film Associates, ca 1963, 16mm, 10 min.)

Plus: additional films by Charles & Ray Eames and Saul Bass screening afterward

Part of the film series
Designers in Film: The Cinematic World of the Goldsholls

This film series complements and extends the Block’s exhibition Up Is Down: Mid-Century Experiments in Advertising and Film at the Goldsholl Studio with five programs of films produced by the Chicago-based Goldsholls, their collaborators, influences, and contemporaries. Presenting a wide spectrum of classic and rarely-seen experimental cinema, animation, and commissioned films, Designers in Film explores the playful and innovative atmosphere of 20th-century moving image-making in which Morton and Millie Goldsholl took a central place.


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