Tag Archives: Tempe Center for the Arts

Image of the Day: Rikki Tikki Tavi

Rikki Tikki Tavi and Teddy

Original layout drawing by Chuck Jones for his 1975 television special “Rikki Tikki Tavi” based on one of The Jungle Book stories by Rudyard Kipling.  This drawing is part of the exhibition Chuck Amuck: A Legacy of Laughter opening tonight at the Tempe Center for the Arts in Tempe, Arizona.

Chuck Jones’ Oscar Goes On a Trip, part 2

Oscar in arizona

This just in from Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones' grandson who is in Tempe, Az for the opening tonight of "Chuck Amuck:  A Legacy of Laughter" at Tempe Center for the Arts.  "It's a beautiful morning in Tempe!" as Oscar greets the day. 

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Oscar takes the sun at the edge of the infinity pool in front of the Tempe Center for the Arts. 

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A little later this morning and Oscar (along with Craig) is being interviewed by Fox 10's own Alexis DelChiaro at Tempe Center for the Arts exhibition "Chuck Amuck: A Legacy of Laughter." 

Stay tuned for more Oscar buzz! 

Image of the Day: Persistence of Carrots

the Persistence of Carrots

In 1989 Chuck Jones created a series of original oil paintings whose themes sprung from artists that he admired.  He said at that time that it was one of the most challenging of works as he had to bend his artistic will to that of another artist in order to capture their brushwork and their intent.  Pictured is the original oil painting titled "Persistence of Carrots."  It will be featured at the exhibit Chuck Amuck, a Legacy of Laughter opening tomorrow night at the Tempe Center for the Arts in Tempe, Arizona.

The oil paintings Chuck Jones completed in this series were published as fine art lithographs that same year by the American Atelier.  Each was hand-pulled on 19th century French stone lithographic presses one color at at time.  You can learn more about that series by clicking on the image. 

Image of the Day: What’s Opera, Doc?

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"What's Opera, Doc?" Chuck Jones' masterpiece of animated film-making is arguably the most famous and oft-cited cartoon in history.  As Jones tells it, his crew 'stole' time from other concurrent productions in order to produce this film.  With its magnificent scene design by the incomparable Maurice Noble and layout drawings, such as this one, by Chuck Jones, "What's Opera, Doc?" rode into theaters (and the hearts and souls of millions) on July 6, 1957. 

This layout drawing is part of Chuck Amuck, A Legacy of Laughter, opening Friday, February 26th at the Tempe Center for the Arts. 

Image of the Day: Super Rabbit

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Original layout drawing on two-hole punch 12 field animation paper by Chuck Jones for his 1943 short animated film, "Super Rabbit."  This is one of the original works of animation art that will be on display at the Tempe Center for the Arts' exhibit "Chuck Amuck, A Legacy of Laughter" opening Friday, February 26, 2010.  Read more about the exhibit here.

Image of the Day: Bugs Bunny Riding Lord Mischief

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Chuck Jones' watercolor birthday 'card' to his daughter, Linda, on her 12th birthday (1949.)  This image continues a tradition of Jones' to celebrate special occasions with original works of art.  It and its accompanying photo of Linda riding Lord Mischief (see below) are part of the survey of Chuck Jones' art opening at the Tempe Center for the Arts on February 26th. 

Linda lord mischief

Chuck Amuck, A Legacy of Laughter: Exhibition to Open at Tempe Center for the Arts

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

 Tustin, CA—Chuck
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
Seal.

 
On March 25, 1996, Jones' work
was celebrated with a special Lifetime Achievement Oscar®, presented to him at
the Academy Awards by Robin Williams. 

In
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.

 
Chuck Jones
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
archive.

Interviews with Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board of
Directors of Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, as well as images are available
upon request.
 

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Chuck Amuck, A Legacy of Laughter: Exhibition to Open at Tempe Center for the Arts

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

 

Tustin, CA—Chuck
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
Seal.

 
On March 25, 1996, Jones' work
was celebrated with a special Lifetime Achievement Oscar®, presented to him at
the Academy Awards by Robin Williams. 

In
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.

 
Chuck Jones
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
archive.

Interviews with Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board of
Directors of Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, as well as images are available
upon request.
 

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