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DIA To Host Animation Exhibit

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The Adventures of Prince Achmed is just one of the films to be featured at the Watch Me Move exhibit.

The Adventures of Prince Achmed is just one of the films to be featured at the Watch Me Move exhibit.

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DETROIT (WWJ) – A new exhibit is coming to the Detroit Institute of Arts which features animated clips and movies at the Detroit Film Theatre.

The Watch Me Move exhibit and film series takes visitors back to the early days of moving pictures in a glimpse into how the industry began. The exhibit isn’t geared solely to film-makers and film students. Jane Dini, Assistant Curator of American Art, says it’s a family-friendly presentation.

“We have a terrific family path for parents and children to go along the seven stops along the way for children to do fun activities, participating with animation,” Dini said.

The exhibit includes stop-action photos and an early projector used to create animation. Elliot Wilhelm, director of the Detroit Film Theatre at the DIA, will host the seven chapter exhibit joined by an animated film series.

“In the neighborhood of 1878  and 1887 is when Eadweard Muybridge did these photographs,” Wilhelm said. “They were done with a series of cameras which were lined up in sequence in order to photograph animals and humans in motion.”

The exhibit is open October 6th through January 5th. Until November 17th, the admission fee is $14 for adults and $8 for 6-to-17 year olds. After that date, admission is $20 for adults and $10 for 6-to-17 year olds.

Groups of 15 or more pay $15 each. Admission is free for DIA members and residents of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties, but there is a fee for the exhibit and films.

For more information, visit www.dia.org.

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