As if their current Mary Blair retrospective wasn’t enough to get you to the Walt Disney Family Museum this year, the museum has just announced a second exhibition that will debut later this year. Leading Ladies And Femmes Fatales: The Art Of Marc Davis will go on display in the museum’s Theater Gallery from April 30 to November 3, 2014. It will feature around 70 pieces ranging from pencil animation drawings to Imagineering concept art, and is co-curated by Michael Labrie, the museum’s director of collections and exhibitions, and animation legend Andreas Deja.
If you’re a reader of this blog then Davis is probably a household name; his long and varied career spanned the fields of animation, Imagineering, and fine art. He was the lead animator for iconic characters such as Tinker Bell, Malificent, and Cruella de Vil, and his inspirational drawings and gags led to the creation of a slew of signature Disney attractions such as Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion, the Country Bear Jamboree, America Sings, and unbuilt masterpieces like Western River Expedition and the Enchanted Snow Palace. He was one of Walt’s Nine Old Men, and a true master among masters.
It’s a bit of a banner year for Davis; a glaring gap in Disney literature will be filled this fall when Disney Editions releases Marc Davis: Walt Disney’s Renaissance Man.