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Polish Animation: 70 years

When: Dec. 3-20 2017

A series surveying the astonishing explosion of ever-new, ever-changing Polish styles and themes. American audiences, trained to look for political allegory, are likely to be gobsmacked by the range of new and repurposed approaches, the new topics and attitudes. The old masters haven’t been forgotten—Jan Lenica, Walerian Borowczyk, Kazimierz Urbanski, and Jerzy Kucia set the stage for experimentation and remain mentors for the new breed. Signature Cold War–era motifs and genres abide: body parts with minds of their own; insects with monstrous appetites; surreal self-reflexive comedies. But Polish animation continues to break new ground. What may seem familiar themes—girl power, exploitation of the soil, the generation gap, male impotence, fear of aging, superhero fantasies—are in fact lures into the unpredictable, lyrical, and outrageous.

Price: free w/ museum admission

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