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Jules Engel Animates the Line

April 20 through June 30, 2009

Jules Engel, Fantasia: Nutcracker Suite, Russian Thistle Dancers (Studies)

Jules Engel,
Fantasia: Nutcracker Suite, Russian Thistle Dancers (Studies)

Jules Engel, Fantasia: Dance of the Hours, Fifth Position

Jules Engel,
Fantasia: Dance of the Hours, Fifth Position

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Jules Engel’s birth, the Tobey C. Moss Gallery presents JULES ENGEL Animates the Line, an exhibition of Engel’s seminal work in the field of abstract color animation plus paintings, drawings, sculpture and prints he made between 1939 and 2002.

Through the art of Jules Engel (1909 - 2003) we demonstrate two parallel histories within the animation world of Hollywood and the broader creative art community of Los Angeles. Opening with drawings for Disney's Fantasia and continuing through Mr Magoo, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Madeline and Gerald McBoingBoing, we exhibit 1960s lithographs drawn at Tamarind and Gemini GEL plus etchings created while teaching at Utah State University in Ogden. In 1970 CalArts (California Institute of the Arts) opened; Engel was the founding director of the Experimental Abstract Animation on Film Department, a position he held until his death.

During his time at CalArts, Jules was a dedicated teacher to many students who went on to become leaders in the field of animation; he also created his own abstract animated films. Many of these films will be on view during the course of our exhibition, supported by actual drawings from the films. The last five years (1998-2003) was an extra-curricular productive period, as he teamed up with George Page of the Versailles Press to create a brilliant series of color lithographs that reveal his continuing zest for life!

On Saturday, April 18th, two nights earlier than the opening of our exhibition, Cal Arts - the California Institute of the Arts - presents a special A JULES ENGEL CENTENNIAL BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION at the REDCAT Theater in the Disney Center, honoring JULES ENGEL, his art and his influence. For further information on this event, to benefit the Jules Engel Scholarship Fund, please contact Courtney McIntyre at cmcintyr@calarts.edu.

Jules Engel, Big Top (Night Light)

Jules Engel, Big Top (Night Light)

Jules Engel, Vatican Windows

Jules Engel, Vatican Windows

Jules Engel, Gerald McBoing-Boing: Going to School

Jules Engel,
Gerald McBoing-Boing: Going to School

Jules Engel, Alvin Show: Old Macdonald Cha Cha Cha (Old Macdonald Carrying Pails)

Jules Engel,
Alvin Show: Old Macdonald Cha Cha Cha
(Old Macdonald Carrying Pails)

Jules Engel, Train Landscape

Jules Engel, Train Landscape

Jules Engel, Train Landscape (Study)

Jules Engel, Train Landscape (Study)

Jules Engel, City at Night

Jules Engel, City at Night

Jules Engel, Greenscape

Jules Engel, Greenscape

 

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