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UCIRA Artist Tomas Moreno Thesis Show: “DumbSun” Feb. 24th-28th 2014 at UCSD

Tomas Moreno MFA Thesis Show:

A kosmos of specters revolving around Walt Disney’s Dumbo and Sun Ra


Artist Reception: February 27th, 6-9PM
Location: Visual Arts Facility Main Graduate Gallery #309, UC San Diego

Exhibition Dates: February 24-28, 2014
Location: Visual Arts Facility Main Graduate Gallery #309, UC San Diego

Film Screenings Dates: February 24-26, 2014
Location: Structural and Materials Engineering (SME) Bldg. Presentation Space #149, UC San Diego

Screenings start at 6PM.

UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr. La Jolla, California 92093

Monday February 24th, 6PM

Walt Disney Production, 1941, 64 min.
Dumbo the Flying Elephant was originally written by Helen Alberson and Harold Pearl in 1939 before Walt Disney Studios bought the rights in 1940. Dumbo was released in 1941 at 64 minutes, and was a deliberate pursuit of simplicity and economy to recoup the financial turmoil that the Disney Studio was in. It is one of Disney’s shortest animated features.

Tuesday February 25th 6PM

Walt & El Grupo
Theodore Thomas, 2008, 106 min.
During the production of Dumbo the U.S. Government asked Walt Disney to be a cultural ambassador to South America, part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt “Good Neighbor” policy. Walt Disney left his Burbank studio in the midst of an animators strike that ended in an estimate of 500 animators fired. Walt and his top animators visited Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru

Wednesday February 26th 6-9PM

The Cry of Jazz
Edward Bland, 1959, 34 min.
The Cry of Jazz documents African American neighborhoods of Chicago while arguing a structural relationship with jazz music. It is the only visual record of Herman Poole Bount aka Sun Ra during his Chicago Period.

Space is the Place (1974) by John Coney 85 min.
Avant-garde jazz musician Sun Ra stars in the movie version of his concept album Space Is the Place. Not following a linear plot line, this experimental film is a bizarre combination of social commentary, blaxploitation, science fiction, and concert performance.

The VAF Main Graduate Gallery is located on Russell Lane
Gallery Hours are 2-6PM, Wed / Thursday / Friday

Structural and Materials Engineering (SME) Presentation Room is located on on Lyman Avenue off Voigt Drive

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Parking on the Gilman Parking Structure is recommended.
Please note that pay stations permits purchased outside Gilman Parking Structure are not valid for visitor parking inside the structure.

This program is sponsored by a grant from the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts.

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