The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Disney Museum Opens Honoring Man Behind the Mouse
A video globe and model of Disneyland at right are two featured items about Walt Disney's life in the 1950s and 1960s on display in one of ten galleries at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009. The museum, which brings to life the story of Walt Disney from his childhood to his hardscrabble youth to his great success with Disneyland, opened to the public Thursday.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

By: Michelle Locke, Associated Press Writer

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (AP).- Walt Disney's relatives greeted the first wave of visitors as a new museum designed to showcase the personal world of the legendary animator opened Thursday.

"Walt Disney reached people because he was a magical storyteller," Disney's grandson, Walter E.D. Miller, said as the museum opened. "Now it's our turn to tell Walt's story."

The $110 million Walt Disney Family Museum was co-founded by Miller and his mother, Diane Disney Miller. The Walt Disney Co. collaborated on the project, but the museum is an independent venture fully funded by the Walt Disney Family Foundation.

Family members say they were motivated by concerns that the view of Disney the man had gotten lost in the legend.

Exhibits follow Disney's life from childhood to his struggles getting established as an artist and his later successes, with a goal, according to grandson Miller, of narrating the life of "someone whose name is often confused with a brand and to present him simply as a human being with extraordinary vision."

Dark times aren't glossed over. One section deals with a bitter strike at Disney Studios and another presents audio tapes of Disney's testimony before the House of Representatives Un-American Activities Committee.

Business struggles are documented, too.

Step into an elevator between floors and you're inside a beautifully replicated old-fashioned train compartment, complete with red velvet curtains and windows half-shaded by pull-down blinds. A tape of Disney's voice recounts the upside of an early business disaster: "I think it's important to have a good hard failure when you're young."

Items on display include the evolution of Mickey Mouse and a host of other animated creations, with many stations offering visitors a chance to listen and even experiment with the mechanics of animation.

A showstopper is a gallery showing a model of Disneyland, right down to the revolving tea cup ride. Visitors on Thursday pored over the model, pointing out landmarks to each other.

Designers took advantage of the museum's setting, a refurbished building at the former Presidio Army base. A gallery devoted to Disney nature films has a glass wall looking directly out to a stunning vista of the Golden Gate Bridge.

The displays are absorbing, and a timed-ticket entrance system is being used to prevent overcrowding.

Walls of photographs show various generations of the Disney family. In a neat effect, some of the photos are small video screens showing home movies of weddings and trips.

"It's like going through their family albums," said visitor William Robison of San Francisco.

Robison, an amateur filmmaker in his spare time, spent a while looking at a display of the multiplane camera Disney developed to add depth to "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," the movie dubbed "Disney's folly" until it opened to wild acclaim.

"He was a huge inspiration," Robison said. "I already know I'm going to have to come back."


Walt Disney Family Museum | Diane Disney Miller | Walter E.D. Miller |


Today's News

October 2, 2009

Innovation Illuminates Meyerhoff Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art

Kunsthaus Zürich Presents Work by One of the Fathers of Modern Art, Georges Seurat

Disney Museum Opens Honoring Man Behind the Mouse

After More than 20 Years Rothko's 'Seagram Murals' Return to Tate Liverpool

The Freer Gallery of Art Acquires Renowned Object of Japanese Tea Culture

Tate Modern Temporarily Shuts Richard Prince Exhibition

Fashion Museum in Antwerp Celebrates Belgian Luxury Goods House Delvaux

Exhibition of Extraordinary Costumes from Film and Television Opens

Federal Authorities Recover Counterfeit Copy of Wyeth Watercolor

Important German Cabinet Leads Christie's Sale of Furniture, Sculpture and Works of Art

Jimmy Carter Museum Opens in Atlanta After Overhaul

Diana: A Celebration Exhibition Hosted by the National Constitution Center

Smithsonian to Show Paintings by Norman Rockwell from Lucas and Spielberg Collections

Before Lucy Came Ardi, New Earliest Hominid Found

Bowers Museum Presents Major Retrospective by Latin American Artist Fernando Botero

Fall Exhibitions Focus on the City at the Grand Rapids Art Museum

Valencian Institute of Modern Art Features Exhibition of Works by Alberto Bañuelos

Martin Gropius Bau Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Futurism with Exhibition

Group Show in a Large, Pop-Up Gallery Space to Open in London

Brazil Architect Niemeyer Undergoes Tumor Removal

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Conservation treatment, research and touristic-education program surrounding the Ghent Altarpiece

2.- Exhibition offers an opportunity to discover the wide-ranging materials used to create colour in paintings

3.- Amsterdam revolts against United States architect Daniel Libeskind Holocaust memorial

4.- Claude Monet 'Water Lilies' painting sells for $54 million at Sotheby's in London

5.- Spain's Queen Letizia opens "El Greco and modern painting" exhibition at The Prado

6.- Hopper's Nighthawks tops the list for Art Everywhere US: Largest outdoor art show ever

7.- Rijksmuseum opens exhibition of fourteen monumental sculptures by Alexander Calder

8.- Association of Art Museum Directors sanctions Delaware Art Museum for sale of work of art

9.- Whitney concludes Uptown exhibition programming with Jeff Koons: A Retrospective

10.- Live art by top international artists steals the show at 45th edition of Art Basel fair



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Rmz. - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site