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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition At Toonseum

Jan 28, 2012 - Mar 25, 2012

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

Exhibition Results


People Saw This Exhibition

The Museum Of UnCut Funk successfully completed it’s first showing of Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution at the ToonSeum in Pittsburgh, Pa. They have a beautiful space and we were very excited to have worked with them to kick off this historically important traveling exhibition.

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution, our retrospective of 1970’s Saturday Morning Animation Art featuring Black Characters was on exhibition in their new Lou Schiemer gallery. The opening reception was held on January 27, 2012. Forty pieces of art from our collection commemorating the 40th anniversaries of these Black characters and cartoons were on display, along with Fat Albert art from the ToonSeum archives.

First Visit To Toonseum

Prior to the start of the exhibition I had an opportunity to visit Toonseum and meet with Joe Wos (Executive Director) and John Mattie (Gallery Manager) who run ToonSeum.

“The ToonSeum is proud to showcase this important period in animation history. This is a unique opportunity to highlight the role that animation has played in promoting diversity, equality, and pathos.”

Joe Wos

Check out more of my pictures from my ToonSeum visit before the show opening in the slideshow below.

Opening Night 70’s Party – January 27, 2012

I went back to ToonSeum for the opening night 70’s themed party held in conjunction with the area gallery crawl in downtown Pittsburgh. Both the art and cartoon lovers of Pittsburgh came out.

The place was packed and the 70’s music from D.J. Orlando “Buscrates” Marshall was sure nuff funky!!! The brother was definitely workin’ it out!

Check out the pictures from the opening night event below.

Additional Information

You can learn more about the historical importance of this artwork by reading the catalogue that accompanies this exhibition (see below).

This includes an exhibition review by Christopher Lehman, the author of the book The Colored Cartoon.


Pittsburgh Media Coverage


You can see press coverage of the Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition below:

Museum Partner

We would like to thank the Toonseum in Pittsburgh, Pa. for hosting our very first Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution exhibition!

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  • Date: Jan 28, 2012 - Mar 25, 2012
  • Location:Toonseum Cartoon Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Curators:Loreen Williamson