Wednesday, December 6, 2017

ISLA Fall 2017 Speaker Series Presents Mindy Johnson: Disney + So. Cal

The Institute for the Study of Los Angeles is pleased to present the Fall 2017 Speaker Series about Disney in Southern California. Join Mindy Johnson  for a talk titled, "Ink & Paint - The Women of Walt Disney's Animation."


From the earliest origins of animated imagery, the colorful link between paper and screen was created by legions of female artists working on the slick surface of celluloid sheets. With calligraphic precision and Rembrandtesque mastery, these women painstakingly brought pencil drawings to vibrant, dimensional life. Yet perhaps as a reflection of the transparent canvas they created on, the contributions and history of these animation artists have remained virtually invisible and largely undocumented, until now.
In her latest landmark book, Ink & Paint – The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation, author Mindy Johnson pulls back the celluloid curtain on the nearly vanished world of ink pens, paintbrushes, pigments, pencils and tea. From the earliest black-and-white Alice Comedies to the advent of CAPS and digital animation, meet the pioneering women who brought hand-rendered animated stories to vibrant, multicolored life at Walt Disney Studios and beyond. Extensively researched with the full support of the entire Walt Disney Studios archival resources, plus a multitude of private collections, firsthand accounts, newly discovered materials, and production documentation, as well as never-before-seen photography and artwork, this essential volume redefines the collective history of animation.
The Fall 2017 ISLA Speaker Series is made possible by Ahmanson Charitable Community Trust, with additional support from the Arts and Urban Experience Initiative, which is generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.