WD-FM Shownotes: Museum Musings (May 2021)

Posted on Fri, 05/07/2021 - 16:09

Time for this month's WD-FM Museum Musings! Hear Chris and Bri discuss upcoming important dates in Disney history, ways to prioritize your mental health like Walt during Mental Health Awareness Month, and Asian American artists that worked at The Walt Disney Studios during Walt's lifetime. Director of Exhibitions and Collections Marina Villar Delgado rejoins the podcast to discuss virtual exhibitions and some of her favorite objects in the museum's collection.

Current Exhibitions

The Walt Disney Studios and World War II

Immerse yourself in the compelling and multifaceted story of The Walt Disney Studios’ extensive contribution to the Allies’ World War II effort through an array of original artwork, film clips, photos, literature, and more.

Conserving the Magic of Our Planet: Virtual Community Art Exhibition

The Walt Disney Family Museum's current virtual community art exhibition, Conserving the Magic of Our Planet, debuted to the public on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 2021. Adult and teen artists from around the world were invited to submit artwork inspired by Walt’s passion for stories based on our natural environment and the protection of our planet.

Veterans' Voices: Painted Realities

The Walt Disney Family Museum is pleased to debut its fifth Community Access Exhibition, Veterans’ Voices: Painted Realities, featuring original artworks by U.S. military veterans. The exhibition serves as a platform for the American veteran’s voice to be heard through their own words and creativity, rather than from depictions by non-veteran artists.

Upcoming Programs

Happily Ever After Hours with Screenwriter Rita Hsiao

Join Screenwriter Rita Hsiao as she shares behind-the-scenes stories from Walt Disney Feature Animation’s Mulan (1998) and Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 2 (1999).

Highlighting Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Past Exhibition

Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong

From August 15, 2013 to February 3, 2014, The Walt Disney Family Museum presented the exhibition Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong. Organized by Michael Labrie, the exhibition focused on the life and work of Chinese-American artist Tyrus Wong—a celebrated painter, muralist, kite maker, lithographer, Hollywood sketch artist, calligrapher, ceramicist, and Disney Legend.

This retrospective featured more than 150 works including paintings, sculptures, works on paper, painted scarves, kites, and more. Although he never met Walt Disney, it was the ethereal beauty of Wong’s Eastern influenced paintings that caught Walt’s eye and became the inspiration for the animated feature Bambi (1932), which changed the way animation art was presented, and continues to be an inspiration to contemporary artists.

Featured Blog

Tyrus Wong and the Art of "Bambi"

When asked about his style, Ty said, “Halfway between the West and the East—but I can’t help that, I’m born with it.” He set the color schemes along with the appearance of the forest in painting after painting, hundreds of them, depicting Bambi’s world in an unforgettable way. Here at last was the beauty of Salten’s writing, created not in a script or with character development, but in paintings that captured the poetic feeling that had eluded us for so long.