What’s Happening At The Museum?

What’s Happening At The Museum?

We are busy getting our traveling exhibitions booked in museums around the country. There are more exhibitions to come, so stay tuned! 201,437 people have seen one of our funky traveling exhibitions to date!!!

Our Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Traveling Exhibition

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution is our retrospective of 1970′s Saturday Morning Animation Art featuring Black Characters. The art featured in this exhibition represents many historical firsts, as the 1970’s was the first time that positive Black cartoon characters were shown on television.

Our Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution exhibition was featured in the New York Times in an articles titled “Hey, Hey, Hey! Animated Touchstones”.

The article appeared on the front page of the March 20, 2014 Arts section. Can you dig it!

The online version of the article titled “Hey, Hey, Hey! Animated Touchstones. ‘Funky Turns 40’ Recalls a Seminal Moment for Black Characters” was posted on the New York Times website on March 19, 2014.

You can see all of the great press that we have received by clicking here.

The Museum Of UnCut Funk is VERY EXCITED to announce that our PHENOMENALLY SUCCESSFUL first traveling exhibition, Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution, is now booked in museums through 2016!!!

We completed our opening run at the Schomburg Center For Research In Black Culture in New York, where 73,672 people came to see the exhibition!!! This represents a +145% increase over the original attendance estimate of 30,000 people. You can learn more about the exhibition results at the Schomburg Center by clicking here.

We completed our second tour stop in Chicago at the DuSable Museum For African American History, where 13,471 people came to see the exhibition!!! This represents a +35% increase over the original attendance estimate of 10,000 people. You can learn more about the exhibition results at the DuSable Museum by clicking here.

We completed our third tour stop in Seattle at the Northwest African American Museum, where 7,780 people came to see the exhibition!!! This represents a +55% increase over attendance for past exhibitions of similar duration. You can learn more about the exhibition results at the Northwest African American Museum by clicking here.

We completed our fourth tour stop in Reading, Pa at the Reading Public Museum, where 3,695 people came to see the exhibition!!! You can learn more about the exhibition results at the Reading Public Museum by clicking here.

We completed our fifth tour stop in Pensacola, Fl at the Pensacola Museum Of Art, where 1,179 people came to see the exhibition!!! You can learn more about the exhibition results at the Pensacola Museum Of Art by clicking here.

We recently completed our sixth tour stop in Richmond, VA at the Black History Museum And Cultural Center Of Virginia, where 7,000 people came to see the exhibition!!! We are proud that Funky Turns 40 was the first exhibition at this newly re-opened museum!!! You can learn more about the exhibition results at the Black History Museum And Cultural Center Of Virginia by clicking here.

We recently completed our seventh tour stop in Tallahassee, FL at the Meek-Eaton Black Archives at FAMU where 3,753 people came to see the exhibition!!! You can learn more about the exhibition results at the Meek-Eaton Black Archives by clicking here.

113,550 people have seen the Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition through October, 2016! This includes 3,000 people who saw the exhibition at Toonseum in Pittsburgh in 2012.

We are bringing our Funky Revolutionary Cartoon Experience to your town!!!

Here is our exhibition tour schedule to date:

If you are a museum and would like receive more information about our Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Black Animation Exhibition please contact the Curator Sista ToFunky.

To book our Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution animation exhibition please contact the Curator, Sista ToFunky.

For more information about our Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids Exhibition or Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Jackson 5ive Exhibition please contact the Curator, Sista ToFunky.

To book the Curator of the Museum Of UnCut Funk for a Curator’s Talk, Lecture or Expert Panel on the Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition please contact the Curator, Sista ToFunky.

Our Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Firsts Traveling Exhibition

Our Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Firsts Exhibition, a panel version of our PHENOMENALLY SUCCESSFUL Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Traveling Exhibition, is off to a VERY STRONG start with 33,851 people seeing it to date!!!

The Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Firsts Exhibition presents historical information and captures key animation art images from the traveling exhibition.

The Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Firsts Exhibition focuses on the timeline of key animation character first appearances and the historic significance of these appearances during the late 1960’s / 1970’s.

Our first stop, at the Brown V. Board Of Education National Historic Site in Topeka – 3,180 park visitors saw our Funky Turns 40: Firsts exhibition, representing an +11% increase in visitors and an +11% increase in visitor hours compared to last year.

Our second stop, at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center And Museum in Chattanooga – 1,100 museum visitors saw our Funky Turns 40: Firsts exhibition, +80% of whom were first time visitors.

Our third stop, at the Purdue Black Cultural Center in West Lafayette – 1,195 museum visitors saw our Funky Turns 40: Firsts exhibition, +59% of whom were K-12 school students.

Our fourth stop, at VCU Kinetic Imaging at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond – The Curators of the Museum Of UnCut Funk held a lecture with Dr. Christopher Lehman, author of The Colored Cartoon, about the racist legacy of pre-1970’s Black cartoon characters and the barrier breaking significance of the 1970’s Black cartoon characters.

Our fifth stop, at the Plainfield Public Library in Plainfield, N.J. – 28,376 library visitors saw our Funky Turns 40: Firsts exhibition, including school aged children and seniors.

We are bringing our Funky Revolutionary Cartoon Experience to your town!!!

Here is our exhibition tour schedule to date:

If you are a museum, cultural or educational institution and would like receive more information about our Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Firsts Exhibition please contact the Curator Sista ToFunky.

To book our Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Firsts Exhibition please contact the Curator, Sista ToFunky.

To book the Curator of the Museum Of UnCut Funk for a Curator’s Talk, Lecture or Expert Panel on the Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Firsts Panel Exhibition please contact the Curator, Sista ToFunky.

Our For The Love Of Money: Black Character Revolution Traveling Exhibition

Our For The Love Of Money: Blacks On U.S. Currency Exhibition is off to an EXCELLENT start with 8,875 people seeing it’s premiere showing at the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site and 2,474 people seeing the exhibition at the Brown V. Board Of Education National Historic Site! 11,349 people have seen the For The Love Of Money Exhibition to date!!!

For The Love Of Money: Blacks On U.S. Currency was recently featured in the New York Times in an article titled “A Museum Finds All Kinds Of Funk.”

The article appeared on the front page of the August 13, 2017 Metro Section.

The online version of the article titled “Money Museum Gets Funky” was posted on the New York Times website on August 9, 2017.

That makes us 2 for 2 in exhibition coverage on New York Times front pages!!!

For The Love Of Money celebrates Black history icons, seminal historic events and institutions whose significant contributions to American and Black history have been recognized by law through commemoration on United States currency in the form of commemorative coins, medals and medallions:

  • Commemorative coins, medals and medallions are authorized by legislation passed by the United States Congress and signed into law by the sitting President of the United States
  • 37 commemorative coins, bronze medals, bronze Presidential medals and gold medallions featuring Black history icons, seminal historic events and iconic institutions have been produced by law to date
  • Commemorative bronze medals feature people and events awarded a Congressional Gold Medal, one of the highest civilian awards bestowed by the United States government
  • Since 1978, 20 Black Athletes (3), Civil Rights Leaders (7), Entertainers (1), Military Leaders (3), Military Institutions (2) and Seminal History Events (4) have been awarded Congressional Gold Medals and featured on replica commemorative bronze medals in recognition of their historic contributions to American and Black history
  • Commemorative Presidential bronze medals are presented to the President Of The United States for each term served at the conclusion of their Presidency
  • President Barack Obama was just honored with two Presidential bronze medals commemorating his two terms as the first Black President Of The United States
  • Commemorative coins, medals and medallions are designed and produced by the United States Mint

To be featured on currency is one of the nation’s highest honors. Positive representation of free Black people on commemorative currency is one of earliest and only forms of public recognition of Black excellence, contribution and value. Enshrined in law, commemorative currency represents indelible milestones in the centuries-long struggle of Black people to achieve equality and justice. In a time when some want to diminish, re-write and erase key aspects of Black history, commemorative legislation and currency are invaluable artifacts that help to accurately document the Black experience in the United States.

For The Love Of Money delivers a unique and engaging Black history experience through the presentation of 41 anti-slavery tokens, commemorative coins, concept coins, bronze medals, Presidential bronze medals and gold medallions from the Museum Of UnCut Funk Collection that showcase 36 Black history icons, 8 seminal events and 6 iconic institutions.

For The Love Of Money provides an extensive Black history timeline spanning from the arrival of Africans at Jamestown, Virginia and participation of Black Patriots in the Revolutionary War to over a century of Black historical achievement, from Post-Reconstruction, to the Civil Rights Era, to the election and re-election of the first Black President of the United States.

For The Love Of Money honors barrier breaking Black athletes, entertainers, civil rights leaders and politicians.

For The Love Of Money also features the historic contributions of several prominent Black Women, including Marian Anderson, Bessie Coleman, Dr. Dorothy Height, Coretta Scott King and Rosa Parks.

For The Love Of Money highlights Black Military Leaders, Icons and Institutions, including prominent Black history icons who served in the military and seminal Civil Rights events that were facilitated by military protection.

For The Love Of Money is culturally and historically relevant to the Black community, but also has broad appeal as the exhibition educates about the Legislative and U.S. Mint processes for producing commemorative currency. This exhibition is appropriate for adults, families with children, school trips, college students and cuts across ethnic, gender and generational lines. This exhibition will tour to museums, libraries, schools, colleges and universities and other cultural institutions.

For The Love Of Money will continue to gain cultural relevance and popularity due to addition of the first free Black people on circulating U.S. paper currency in 2020:

  • Harriet Tubman on the front of the new $20.00 bill
  • Sojourner Truth on the back of the new $10.00 bill
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Marian Anderson on the back of the new $5.00 bill

The pioneering Black history icons and historic events featured on United States commemorative currency in the For The Love Of Money exhibition represent several American and Black History firsts, including:

  • First free Black person to appear on a commemorative coin and thus on United States currency – Booker T. Washington (1946)
  • First free Black men to appear on a commemorative coin and thus on United States currency, only Black people featured on a commemorative silver half dollar coin – Booker T. Washington / George Washington Carver (1951)
  • First Black artist whose work was produced by the United States Mint on the Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver / Booker T. Washington silver half dollar coins – Isaac Scott Hathaway (1946-1951)
  • First Black person and Black woman to be awarded a Congressional Gold Medal by the United States Congress and subsequently featured on a replica Commemorative Bronze Medal – Marian Anderson (1978)
  • First Black person and only Black woman to appear on a United States Commemorative Gold Medallion – Marian Anderson (1980)
  • First Black man and Black athlete awarded a Congressional Gold Medal and subsequently featured on a replica Commemorative Bronze Medal – Joe Louis (1982)
  • First Black Man to appear on a United States Commemorative Gold Medallion – Louis Armstrong (1982)
  • First Black Civil Rights Leader to be awarded a Congressional Gold Medal and subsequently featured on a replica Commemorative Bronze Medal – Roy Wilkins (1984)
  • First major league athlete and only Black person specifically honored on a commemorative $5.00 gold coin, as well as the first major league athlete and first Black person honored on a commemorative silver dollar coin – Jackie Robinson (1997)
  • First South African to be awarded a Congressional Gold Medal and subsequently featured on a replica Commemorative Bronze Medal – Nelson Mandela (1998)
  • First Black person and first Black musician to be prominently featured on a coin authorized for circulation – Duke Ellington (2009)
  • First Black President to sign commemorative coin legislation into law – President Barack Obama (2009)
  • First Black President to sign commemorative medal legislation into law – President Barack Obama (2011)
  • First Black Presidential administration to authorize the addition of free Black people on circulating U.S. paper currency – President Barack Obama (2016)
  • First Black President to be commemorated on two Presidential bronze medals and subsequently featured on a replica Commemorative Presidential Bronze Medal – President Barack Obama (2017)

Several of these Black icons have received other top national and International honors such as the Presidential Medal Of Freedom, Presidential Citizens Medal, portraits on US Postage Stamps and the Nobel Peace Prize.

Many Black institutions and places of historic importance have also been designated as national monuments and national historic sites.

For The Love Of Money also captures the lawmakers, including Black Congresspeople and Senators, who initiated and sponsored commemorative legislation. Among this group is Congressman John Lewis, the only Black person to sponsor commemorative legislation honoring participants in the Civil Rights Movement and be honored by commemorative legislation for his role in the Civil Rights Movement.

Here is our exhibition tour schedule to date:

On February 22nd, 2017 the Curators of the Museum Of UnCut Funk attended the official exhibition opening and press conference at the Museum Of American Finance on Wall Street in New York. You can see the video of the press conference and learn more information here.

If you are a museum, cultural or educational institution and would like to receive more information about our For The Love Of Money: Blacks On U.S. Currency Exhibition please contact the Curator, Sista ToFunky.

To book our For The Love Of Money: Blacks On U.S. Currency Exhibition please contact the Curator, Sista ToFunky.

Our Vintage Black Heroes Traveling Exhibition

Vintage Black Heroes Logo With 4 Characters

Our Vintage Black Heroes Exhibition features four Vintage Black comic strips the Museum Of UnCut Funk has acquired exclusive licensing rights to, which were published by the Smith-Mann Syndicate during the 1950’s: Guy Fortune, Mark Hunt, Neil Knight and The Chisholm Kid.

These characters were the first Black heroes to ever appear in a comic strip. They were featured in a first time ever color comic newspaper insert featuring Black comic strips in the Pittsburgh Courier, the only Black newspaper to carry the insert, from 1950 through 1954.

As the original art and newspapers were not preserved, very few copies of these comics, if any at all, currently exist. We believe we have access to the largest collection of, and for some of these comics, the only color copies that remain. These comics have not been seen since the 1950’s.

The Museum Of UnCut Funk has curated an exhibition featuring these Vintage Black comic strips to commemorate the 65th anniversary of their introduction.

Vintage Black Heroes is off to a stellar start as 41,859 people have seen one of our exhibitions to date!!! At the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site in Little Rock, Arkansas 12,321 people saw our exhibition featuring The Chisholm Kid and 11,253 people saw our exhibition featuring Guy Fortune. At the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 18,285 people saw our exhibition featuring The Chisholm Kid.  You can see installation images and learn more about the results of this exhibition by clicking here.

We are bringing our Vintage Black Comic Experience to your town!!!

Here is our exhibition tour schedule to date:

If you are a museum, cultural or educational institution and would like to receive more information about our Vintage Black Heroes Exhibition please contact the Curator, Sista ToFunky.

To book our Vintage Black Heroes Exhibition please contact the Curator, Sista ToFunky.

Our Vintage Black Heroines Traveling Exhibition

Vintage Black Heroines Logo With 3 Characters copy copy

Our Vintage Black Heroines Exhibition features two Vintage Black comic strips the Museum Of UnCut Funk has acquired exclusive access to, which were published by the Smith-Mann Syndicate during the 1950’s: Torchy In Heartbeats and Torchy Togs.

The Torchy Brown character was the first positive Black female character to ever appear in her own syndicated comic strip. Torchy In Heartbeats and Torchy Togs were featured in a first time ever color comic newspaper insert featuring Black comic strips in the Pittsburgh Courier, the only Black newspaper to carry the insert, from 1950 through 1954.

As the original art and newspapers were not preserved, very few copies of these comics, if any at all, currently exist. We believe we have access to the largest collection of, and for some of these comics, the only color copies that remain. These comics have not been seen since the 1950’s.

The Museum Of UnCut Funk has curated an exhibition featuring these Vintage Black comic strips to commemorate the 65th anniversary of their introduction.

The Museum Of UnCut Funk has also acquired exclusive rights to exhibit the Friday Foster comic strip published by the Chicago Tribune from 1970 to 1974.

Friday Foster® was the first positive Black female character to ever appear in her own syndicated comic strip in a non-Black publication, the second in a syndicated comic strip.

The Vintage Black Heroines Exhibition features Friday Foster comic strips and commemorates the 45th anniversary of the strip’s introduction.

The Vintage Black Heroines Exhibition also features The Butterfly, the first Black female superheroine to appear in a comic book – 1971 Hell Rider #1 and #2, commemorating the 44th anniversary of the comic book introduction.

If you are a museum, cultural or educational institution and would like to receive more information about our Vintage Black Heroines Exhibition please contact the Curator, Sista ToFunky.

To book our Vintage Black Heroines Exhibition please contact the Curator, Sista ToFunky.

Our ObamaCon: The Making Of A New Black Superhero Traveling Exhibition

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Our newest exhibition, ObamaCon: The Making Of A New Black Superhero Exhibition, is our tribute to our first Black President, President Barack Obama.

ObamaCon includes images of original comic books, graphic novels and comic industry magazines from our collection that feature President Obama on the cover.

Because he was soooooo damn calm, cool and collected like that, and actually did rescue the country from impending doom and disaster, he became our SuperBad, SuperBlack, Superhero. So we decided to collect artifacts from his Presidency that depicted him exactly like that, our calm, cool, collected and newest Black Superhero. We pay homage to our President by curating our very cool collection of comic books, graphic novels and comic industry magazines that feature President Barack Obama on the cover into a traveling exhibition.

ObamaCon is off to an excellent start as 828 people have seen the exhibition to date!!!

Here is our exhibition tour schedule to date:

If you are a museum, cultural or educational institution and would like to receive more information about our ObamaCon: The Making Of A New Black Superhero Exhibition please contact the Curator, Sista ToFunky.

To book our ObamaCon: The Making Of A New Black Superhero Exhibition please contact the Curator, Sista ToFunky.

Our Google Cultural Institute Partnership

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We are very excited and very honored to announce that we have partnered with the Google Cultural Institute to bring our Funky collection to people all over the world!!! Over 240 items from our collection are featured in five online exhibitions as a part of the Google Art Project #BlackHistoryMonth project. We will continue to add more items to these exhibitions over time.

You can read more about our partnership here – http://museumofuncutfunk.com/2016/01/31/museum-of-uncut-funk-partners-with-the-google-cultural-institute/

You can see our funky online exhibitions here:

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution:

https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/u/0/exhibit/funky-turns-40-black-character-revolution/ywLydcVbL4KfKw?projectId=black-history-and-culture

Funky Turns 40: Black Comic Revolution:

https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/u/0/exhibit/funky-turns-40-black-comic-revolution/OAICJjXc0JdiLg?projectId=black-history-and-culture

Funky Turns 40: Black Film Revolution:

https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/u/0/exhibit/funky-turns-40-black-film-revolution/TwICKsCzBns9Lg?projectId=black-history-and-culture

For The Love Of Money: Blacks On U.S. Currency:

https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/u/0/exhibit/for-the-love-of-money-blacks-on-u-s-currency/iALyPCxJcXVkKg?projectId=black-history-and-culture

Soulful Delivery: Blacks On U.S. Postage Stamps:

https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/u/0/exhibit/soulful-delivery-blacks-on-u-s-postage-stamps/PQLy4m_3S7G5Jg?projectId=black-history-and-culture

Our FUNKY Museum Store

We have introduced new funky goodies at our virtual Museum Of UnCut Funk Store, the FUNKIEST STORE on the planet!!!

Vintage Black Heroes

Check out our new Vintage Black Heroes Line which features four vintage Black comics from the 1950’s – Guy Fortune, Mark Hunt, Neil Knight and The Chisholm Kid. These characters were the FIRST BLACK HEROES featured in comic strips.

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Funky Turns 40 Product Line

You can get your official Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Museum Tour gear and new Funky Turns 40 Party Accessories – everything you need to commemorate your special FUNKY BIRTHDAY or MILESTONE!

SuperBad Soulware Line

You will dig our new SuperBad Soulware Line, our funky house brand, which includes our SuperBad, SuperFly, SuperBad Superhero, Soul Brother, Soul Sister, Soul Baby and Soul Princess items.

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Afrotopia Product Line

You can also visit Afrotopia, our funky retro brand, features beautiful Vintage images of Black life from the 1950’s.

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We will be continually adding new items so check the store often!

You will find our store at Museum Of UnCut Funk Store.

We are also on facebook at Museum Of UnCut Funk Facebook Store.

Our New Virtual Exhibitions

You can check out our four new funky virtual exhibitions: Action Super Heroes, Heroines, Rappers, Athletes, Political Icons and More, Morrie TurnerSelling The Image Of Native AmericansWhen We Were Colored, and Your History Cartoon Feature

Our Previous Virtual Exhibitions

Our Cool Museum Of UnCut Funk Collection

The Museum Of UnCut Funk owns one of the world’s most unique and extensive collections of Original Production Cels and Drawings from 1970’s Saturday morning cartoons that feature Black characters. This art was used under the camera to produce these cartoons. You can check out our Animation collection here:

The rest of our Collection of funky artifacts from the 1970‘s and beyond continues to grow. You can check out the rest of our collection here –

Our Legends Interviews

We are talking to the Legends Of 1970’s Black Animation as a part of our Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution effort.

Check out our interviews with:

  • Robert Balser, the Supervising Director for The Jackson 5ive Cartoon.
  • Leo Sullivan, one of the first Black animators to work in Hollywood. He worked on the first Fat Albert TV Special and developed the first animated Soul Train, among his many contributions.

These are amazing conversations, talking to the men who created many of our childhood favorites!

Many more interviews to come.

Our Ode To Blaxploitation

If you love Blaxploitation then this is where you can get your Blaxploitation on. We have cool Blaxploitation movie posters from all over the world, Blaxploitation movie soundtrack anthems, the original radio spots that were used to promote these movies back in the day, funky Blaxploitation movie trailers and video goodies and a look at Blaxploitation around the world. I have also produced two docufunk shorts, one on Blaxploitation Iconography and and another on the unsung villains of Blaxploitation films – The Man.

Our Funky Blogs

  • Aesthetic Grooves is where I pay homage to classic comic book superheroes from the 1970’s and feature those who have followed in their funky footsteps. Comics, graphic novels, graphic design…if it is funky and aesthetically groovy I will cover it here. Aesthetic Grooves is a place for comic book and graphic artists to highlight their work, experts to provide their commentary and collectors to share their treasures.
  • Cafe 70 is our virtual cafe for our virtual museum. Many great museums have cafes, where their patrons can grab a quick bite and enjoy a latte. Well we have just opened our funky gourmet cafe where I share my favorite recipes, places I like to frequent, things I like to eat and drink. It’s a funky culinary ride. Please make sure you stop by the cafe to see what I am cooking.
  • c-dub’s Funkalicious blog features his interviews with the late, great Rick James and Teena Marie, the Godfather of Funk, George Clinton and other funk legends.
  • Can’t Get Enough…Of That Funky Stuff blog is where I share things that I think are cool and funky.
  • Funky President is where the Museum Of UnCut Funk chronicles the First Black President of the United States, Barack Obama. It is all about Barack, 24/7, 365.
  • Kool Cats And Hip Chicks blog focuses on the icons that made the 1970‘s soooo funky.

You can also find us on FacebookYou Tube and Twitter.

Right On!
Sista ToFunky
Curator
Museum Of UnCut Funk

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  1. dolores pryor
    January 25, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Will you be presenting the exhibition in new jersey? where and when?

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