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Curator’s Talk: Funky Turns 40

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February 4, 2014

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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Get an insider’s perspective on the Funky Turns 40 exhibit from its curators, Loreen Williamson and Pamela Thomas, of the Museum of UnCut Funk.

The Schomburg Center's new exhibition, Funky Turns 40 from the Museum of Uncut Funk, opens on February 5 and explores these black animated characters and the impact they had on a generation of young folk.

From 1900 to 1960, Hollywood’s greatest animators and biggest studios produced more than 600 cartoon shorts featuring black characters. These films reflected the racial stereotypes of the pre–Civil Rights Era, portraying blacks as less than human and as minstrel caricatures. It wasn’t until the late 1960s and early 1970s that Saturday morning television cartoons featured black animated characters in a positive and realistic manner.

 

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