It has been a busy summer at TAM! In July, the museum opened Bart at TAM: Animating America’s Favorite Family, an unauthorized and in-depth look at the process and teamwork needed to create America’s longest-running primetime animated television show. Featuring over 100 hand generated animation cels, scripts, and drawings related to the first 13 season of The Simpsons, the exhibition encourages visitors to explore the variety of elements that make up the show’s distinctive identity, characters, style, and comedy. For exhibition curator Margaret Bullock, the focus is also medium specific: “For me, the point of the show is all about the art of animation and making people aware of what goes into making these shows.”
If you love animation or the antics of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie, you won’t want to miss this experience. The exhibition has been officially extended through the holidays and will close December 31, 2019!
As you plan your visit, learn more about the works on view and the process of creating the show through these recent features:
We Art Tacoma: Bill Heeter – Bart at TAM – July 18, 2019
Tacoma News Tribune – Don’t Think Bart is art? Au contraire, we say. Or rather, Ay caramba! – July 30, 2019
Seattle Times: The art of ‘The Simpsons’ comes to Tacoma Art Museum – August 8, 2019
New Day Northwest: Tacoma Art Museum exhibit “Bart: Animating America’s Favorite Family” takes you inside the world of The Simpsons – August 13, 2019
CityLine: A Feast of Art This Fall at Tacoma Art Museum – August 15, 2019