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APRIL 2015 Exhibitions, Programs, and Events


Lights! Camera! Glamour! The Photography of George Hurrell
Now through Jun 29, 2015

Revel in the golden age of Hollywood through an exhibition of photography from George Hurrell—one of America’s finest photographers, credited with creating the opulent glamour portrait of the 1930s and 40s. See rare and vintage prints of Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Katharine Hepburn, Carole Lombard, and more, including Hurrell’s uncle-in-law, Walt Disney.


FILM OF THE MONTH | The Jungle Book
Show times: 1:30 & 4pm daily (check calendar for exceptions) | Theater
FREE with museum admission
Join Mowgli and friends in Walt Disney’s adaptation of a classic children’s story by Rudyard Kipling.

SPECIAL SCREENING | True-Life Adventures Shorts
Sat, Apr 25 | 11am, 2, 3, 4 & 5pm| Theater
FREE with museum admission
As part of the museum’s Family Day on April 25, enjoy nature shorts that are part of Walt Disney’s groundbreaking, award-winning nature documentary series, True-Life Adventures.


TALK | How the Glamour Shot Changed Hollywood
Sat, Apr 11 | 1pm | Theater
$18 members | $20 non-members |
During Hollywood’s Golden Age still photographers took breathtaking photos of celebrities that quickly turned them into industry icons.  Author and historian Kendra Bean reveals the secrets behind the craft of the Hollywood glamour shot and why it had such a tremendous impact on the movie industry and its stars. A slide show of famous publicity shots taken by photographers George Hurrell, James Abbe, and Laszlo Willinger is featured. Offered in conjunction with the special exhibition, Lights! Camera! Glamour! The Photography of George Hurrell. Admission to this program is free for students and educators. Register online for your complimentary program ticket. 

TALK | Animation Basics: Lighting
Sat, Apr 18 | 1pm | Theater
$18 members | $20 non-members | $15 youth (ages 17 and under)
Let there be light! As part of our program series covering the basics of animation production that were developed in Walt’s time and continue to be used today, learn about the lighting design and color choices found in animated films and how these key design techniques are used to complement the tone of a scene. Hear from guest speaker Angelique Reisch, lead lighting technical director for Pixar Animation Studios.


OPEN STUDIO | Storyboarding and Animatics
Every Sat & Sun in Apr (check calendar for exceptions) | 1–4pm | Learning Center
FREE with museum admission
In the early 1930s, storyboards were introduced to The Walt Disney Studios to help animators visualize the sequence of events in their stories. Practice drawing your own storyboards to show the action in an animated scene, then turn your drawings into an animatic.

Every Sat, Sun & Mon in Apr | 10am–noon | Learning Center
Little Open Studio is a place where little ones and their caregivers can create artwork inspired by exhibitions, ideas, and objects on view at the museum. In April, transform our Learning Center into a bright and leafy jungle using scenes from The Jungle Book to inspire a magical environment.

SPOTLIGHT TALK | True-Life Adventures
Every Fri, Sat & Sun | 11am, 1 & 3pm | Museum Galleries
With more than 25,000 items in the museum’s collection and galleries brimming with art and artifacts, there is a lot to see and learn. Get the inside story on a select object on view or special exhibition during these short talks given by museum staff members. In April, join us for a talk on Walt’s groundbreaking nature documentary series: True-Life Adventures

SPECIAL PROGRAM | An Artful Earth Day
Sat, Apr 25 | 10am–6pm | Museum-wide
FREE for ages 17 and under (with paying adult)
Celebrate Earth Day in an artful way with the whole family! Learn a dance with Native American dancer and artist, Eddie Madril, and work with Presidio Trust educators to turn branches, twigs, and other natural park materials into a lively village of habitats in front of the museum.  Learn how animators create environments for their characters, and watch Walt Disney’s award-winning nature documentaries, True-Life Adventures. Complimentary admission for youth ages 17 and under available at museum ticket desk with purchase of full price adult admission.

Schedule (for An Artful Earth Day):
11am, 2, 3, 4, & 5pm | True-Life Adventures screenings | Theatre
Noon–1pm | Eddie Madril, Native American Dancer and Artist \| Theatre
1–4pm | Create with Nature | Front Lawn and Learning Studio
All Day | Animators and Environments Gallery Game | Get yours at the front desk!

SPECIAL PROGRAM | Animation Access! Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Fri, Apr 10 | 3pm doors open, 4pm film starts | ages 14+ | Theater
Sun, Apr 12 | 10am doors open, 11am film starts | ages 13 and under |Theater
Approx. 87 mins
Animation Access is a series of programs designed to introduce children and young adults affected by autism to The Walt Disney Family Museum. Come enjoy animation, art, and innovation in a welcoming environment. Advanced registration is required, all family members and siblings welcome.

TEACHER PROGRAM | Walt Disney and Modern Artists
Sat, Apr 18 | 10am–2pm | Learning Center
$10 for educators
Learn about Walt’s connections to modern artists, including Salvador Dalí and Diego Rivera, and connect your art curriculum to the art of animation. 

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The Walt Disney Family Museum presents the fascinating story and achievements of Walt Disney, the man who raised animation to an art, transformed the film industry, tirelessly pursued innovation, and created a global and distinctively American legacy. Opened in October 2009, the 40,000 square foot facility features historic materials and artifacts presented with cutting-edge technology to bring Disney’s achievements to life, and includes interactive galleries with early drawings and animation, movies, music, listening stations, a spectacular model of Disneyland, and much more.

Hours:                      10am to 6pm, Wednesdays through Monday; closed on Tuesdays and the following public holidays: New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

Where:                      The Presidio of San Francisco, 104 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94129 

Contact:                     415-345-6800 | waltdisney.org