Chuck Amuck, a Legacy of Laughter
A Retrospective Exhibition of Art & Artifacts from
Chuck Jones Center for Creativity
Opens February 26, 2010 at
Tempe Center for the Arts
Jones Center for Creativity announced today that “Chuck Amuck, a Legacy of
Laughter,” will open Friday, February 26 at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W.
Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Arizona. A
free-to-the-public opening night reception will be held from 7 to 9:30 PM in
the TCA Gallery to inaugurate the exhibition which will be on display through
June 18th. "The city of Tempe and
the Tempe Center for the Arts are thrilled to play host to this marvelous
exhibition. Children and adults of all ages will enjoy and learn about Jones
whose work and legacy continues to fill us with laughter and inspiration,"
enthused Michelle Nichols Dock, Gallery Coordinator for TCA.
This exhibition of original sketches, paintings and
animation production art highlights the life and art of legendary artist,
animator and director Chuck Jones who not only helped bring to life famous
cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, but also created the
iconic Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, along with many more.
This exhibit will be the largest and most
comprehensive exhibit of art by Jones since his retrospective held at the
Capitol Children’s Museum, Washington, D.C. in 1988.
The opening night festivities will also include a Chuck
Jones Cartoons and Short Films Screening beginning at 7:30 PM in the theater of
TCA. The film festival, hosted by Jones’
grandson Craig Kausen, will be free – tickets are required and will be
available at the door that evening, but note that seating is limited.
“It has been wonderful working with everyone at TCA on this
exhibition and all of us at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity are looking
forward to sharing the creative genius of Chuck Jones with the citizens of
Tempe and environs. As Chuck Jones famously said, ‘any project is 99%
hard work and 1% love and only the love should show.’ We know that, with
the help of TCA, CJCC and its volunteers, only the love will show when this exhibit
opens on the 26th,” said Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board of
Trustees for Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.
A free to the public Family Creativity Festival will be
hosted Saturday, February 27th from 10 AM to 2 PM. Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, the
Gallery at TCA and the theater troupe, Childsplay
will host three free hands-on art booths that day. There will be TCA volunteer-led tours of the
Chuck Jones exhibit as well. Childsplay, the local children’s theater
troupe will also present a performance of “Peter and the Wolf.”
About Chuck Jones: In a career that spanned almost seventy
years, Jones made over 250 films, won four Academy Awards®, and was nominated
for six others. Jones' razor-sharp eye for character movement, his legendary
sense of timing, and his beguilingly irreverent wit have combined to create
some of the classic cartoons of all time, including these classic films
released by Warner Bros.: Bully for Bugs,
Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century, Duck Amuck, Rabbit Seasoning, The Scarlet
Pumpernickel, Robin Hood Daffy, A Scent of the Matterhorn, and Feed The Kitty.
Jones also created and directed
some of the most popular and critically-acclaimed animated television specials
in the history of the medium, including Dr.
Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Horton Hears A Who, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi,
Mowgli's Brothers, and The White
On March 25, 1996, Jones' work
was celebrated with a special Lifetime Achievement Oscar®, presented to him at
the Academy Awards by Robin Williams.
addition, Chuck Jones has been
honored with three other Oscars, nine Academy Award nominations, a Museum of
Modern Art retrospective, two honorary degrees and countless honors including
France’s greatest creative honor—Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
died at the age of 89 in February 2002, but he leaves a legacy of brilliance,
comedy, joy, color, and laughter that will live on forever.
About TCA: Tempe Center for the Arts stages innovative
programming that enriches, enlightens, inspires and expands the artistic
horizons of f the Tempe community. The
TCA is a unique visual and performing arts experience built by the community
for the community. The Center offers
a unique blending of arts and culture at a distinctive destination designed by
Tempe-based Architekton and award-winning Barton Myers Associates of Los
Angeles and houses a state-of-the-art, 600-seat proscenium theater, a 200-seat
studio theater and a 3,500 square-foot gallery.
About CJCC: The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is
dedicated to fostering and encouraging creativity, especially in young people,
using the drawings, films, and writings of legendary animation director, Chuck
Jones, as inspiration. It encourages the expression of artistic creativity and
promotes an environment where that spirit can flourish. Jones' art and ideas
continue to influence contemporary artists, filmmakers, and writers through the
vast resource of his work accessible through the Center for Creativity's online
Interviews with Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board of
Directors of Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, as well as images are available