If Joe Wos is right, then I am, indeed, as old as Funk. Older, actually, since "Funky Turns 40" opens at the ToonSeum this week and is celebrating with a huge exhibit opening and par-tay following the Gallery Crawl on January 27th, and I turn 41 in mere weeks and it will largely be a non-event. So, to re-cap, Funky is younger, cooler and has more friends than I do.
Seriously, ToonSeum's latest exhibit, according to Wos, celebrates "the legacy of the first wave of positive Black animated characters of the 1970's." He adds, "Until the Civil Rights movement of the late 1950s and 60s, African-Americans were treated as second-class citizens. While prevalent in music and popular culture, Blacks still faced extreme political, economic, and social prejudices. In comics and animation, Blacks were largely ignored or were depicted in broad, derogatory stereotypes. But as laws and attitudes began to shift, the Saturday morning cartoons of the 1970s became a direct conduit of social change, introducing a host of new Black characters. For the first time, audiences were exposed to positive, relatable images of Black life through animated series like Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, The Jackson 5ive, Josie and the Pussycats, I Am The Greatest, The Harlem Globetrotters and Star Trek: The Animated Series."
Undoubtedly a reason to celebrate. "Funky Turns 40" is co-curated by Pamela Thomas of the Museum of Uncut Funk. The exhibit runs January 18th Through March 10th. The ToonSeum will open at 8pm on Saturday, January 27th for the event, which runs until 10:30. Tickets are $5 for ToonSeum members, $10 for non-members, and a special $50 Donor admission will get you a free gift! You can purchase tickets here. Attendees must be 21. Can't make the it? Consider making a donation, so the ToonSeum can continue to offer great events like this in the future!
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