The Walt Disney Family Museum, located in San Francisco’s Presidio, will be featuring the life’s work of artist and Disney Legend Mary Blair in a special exhibition titled ‘Magic. Color. Flair. The World of Mary Blair.‘ The exhibit, which is being curated by author and animation historian John Canemaker, is scheduled to run between March 13 and September 7, 2014.
According to the official companion book — written by Canemaker, with an anticipated release date of March 11 — the exhibit is ‘an authoritative collection of Blair’s life’s work — including the precocious paintings she made as a student at the renowned Chouinard Art Institute; the enchanting concept drawings she created for numerous Disney films; her lovely illustrated Golden Books, which are still treasured today; and the rarely seen but delightful advertisements, clothing designs, and large-scale installations that she devised later in life.’ An updated, second printing of Canemaker’s The Art and Flair of Mary Blair is slated for a late May release. Blair’s work on the Golden Books series will also be featured alongside those of her colleagues in The Art of the Disney Golden Books available in April.
Canemaker and The Walt Disney Family Museum have united for another project out next year as well: The Lost Notebooks: Herman Schultheis & the Secrets of Disney Movie Magic. At one time thought to be lost for decades, Schultheis’ notebooks tediously documents how Disney artists painstakingly created the visual effects of animation’s greatest achievements including Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo and Bambi. While the notebooks and an accompanying interactive exhibit are currently in possession of the museum, Disney movie fans will now be able to bring a part of history home.