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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition At The Black Archives

Nov 28, 2017 - Feb 28, 2018

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

Exhibition Results

People Saw This Exhibition


  • “Exhibition went great!”
  • Fit perfectly as tie-in with celebration of their 40th anniversary
  • Created a lot of buzz as timing aligned with Art Basel, Black Basel activities
  • Received positive visitor feedback from surveys
  • Exhibition viewed as “Different”
  • Adults loved it – loved the nostalgia which took them back to the 70’s
  • They connected with the vintage living room, 8 track playing console, etc…
  • Kids loved it – they loved seeing the old cartoons, were able to compare them to today’s cartoons
  • While some kids had seen re-runs, most were discovering these cartoons for the first time
  • Hand drawn cels viewed as unique vs. computer generated animation
  • Background video set the stage for the exhibition



  • Parents with children
  • School groups
  • Youth groups
  • Community organizations
  • Churches

Exhibition Recap

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Museum Partner

We would like to thank the Black Archives History & Research Foundation in Miami, Fl. for hosting our Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution exhibition!

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  • Date: Nov 28, 2017 - Feb 28, 2018
  • Location:Black Archives History & Research Foundation, Miami, Florida
  • Curators:Loreen Williamson