Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition At The Schomburg

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition At The Schomburg

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution – Exhibition Results From The Schomburg Center For Research In Black Culture

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Schedule: February 1 – June 14, 2014

Stats:

  • First time the Schomburg Center For Research In Black Culture has displayed an exhibition featuring art outside of their own collection
  • 73,672 people saw this exhibition
  • +145% increase vs. attendance estimate of 30,000 (reflects attendance for exhibition of similar duration)
  • One of the most requested exhibitions by the media for press coverage

Highlights:

  • “Family Driven”
  • “Speaks To Every Part Of A Family”
  • “Never Seen An Exhibition Like This Before For Adults”
  • “Outstanding”
  • “Phenomenal Success”
  • “Phenomenal Media Coverage”
  • “Sad To See The Exhibition Leave”

Demographics:

  • Multi-Cultural
  • Intergenerational – Children, Parents, Grandparents
  • K-12 school students – up to 4 school tours per day
  • Young Adults
  • Baby Boomers
  • Church Groups
  • Senior Citizen Groups
  • International Tourists
 

Schomburg Center Exhibition Video Recap

Quotes from Dr. Kara Olidge, Deputy Director, Schomburg Center For Research In Black Culture, about the performance of the Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition

Kara Olidge

"What I love about it, the intergenerational piece, is that when you have an exhibition that speaks to every part of a family, when you can have a Grandparent, a Parent, Children, their Children and they’re all in this together I think that is phenomenal, and they can all have a conversation around it in a real meaningful way and share stories that they brought up about civil rights and making that connection, it has been phenomenal."

— Kara Olidge

"Everybody could point to something in an exhibition and everybody had a memory about it, something in that was really great."

— Kara Olidge

"What I thought was interesting about kids…kids were actually transfixed by the process. They kept looking at the work and was like what is this, is this glass? Or if you look up close to it, it looks like it’s almost three dimensional. Like how did they do this? Who did this? Black people did this? You can do this for a living? So I think it also let our young people know there’s a whole world out there. That they have avenues. And that yes, not only did Black people do this but they were doing this in the sixties, they were doing this in the seventies. So this is not a new thing. And I think that is a wonderful thing to open up their minds to a whole different field of art and what they can do with animation."

— Kara Olidge
 

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition Recap

 

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition Curator’s Talk

We held our first Curator’s Talk at the Schomburg Center on February 4, 2014. Attendees had an opportunity to see a preview of the exhibition and to hear us talk about our animation art. The session was moderated by Roy Paul. Michael A. Gonzales, who wrote a great article on the exhibition for Ebony.com also joined us on stage. Everybody had a funky good time!

Curators Talk 2

Curator’s Talk Stage At The Schomburg

Curators Stage 1

Curators Stage 2

Curator’s Talk Event At The Schomburg Center

Curators Talk 3

Curators Talk 2

Curators Talk 1

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.

 

The Schomburg Center Installation Pictures

 

New York Media Coverage

You can read the press release from the Schomburg Center / New York Public Library below:

The Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition was covered by the following National and Local media in New York:

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Online / Publications

TV

  • WNBC 4 NY – Positively Black

  • WABC 7 NY – Here And Now – (Exhibition coverage comes in around 7:01 in show)

  • NY 1

Pictures With The Press

You can see all of the press and social media coverage received for the Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition while in New York below:

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