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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition At The August Wilson Center

Jul 14, 2017 - Sep 15, 2017

A Retrospective Of The First Positive Black Animation Characters To Appear In Television History

Exhibition Results

People Saw This Exhibition


  • “Amazing”
  • “Really popular”
  • “Visitors asked specifically to see the exhibition”
  • “Visitors spent a lot of time looking at the art and collectibles, viewing the videos and reading the text”
  • “Parents brought their kids and had conversations about the exhibition”
  • “People learned a lot”
  • “The timeline worked really well”
  • “The living room set reminded visitors of their childhood, helped put exhibition in context, engage them”
  • “Adding the collectibles made the show a success, they filled a vacuum in a large space, they were fascinating and added interest”
  • “The show brought up nostalgia, people talked about how the cartoons made them feel”



  • Museum audience age is mid-30’s -60’s
  • Local residents, families
  • Out of town visitors who travelled specifically to see the exhibition

Exhibition Recap

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Museum Partner

We would like to thank the August Wilson African American Cultural Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. for hosting our Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution exhibition!

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  • Date: Jul 14, 2017 - Sep 15, 2017
  • Location:August Wilson African American Cultural Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Curators:Loreen Williamson