T Magazine urges readers to visit animation screening curated by Casey Jane Ellison (BFA 2009) at the New Museum.
T Magazine urges readers to visit animation screening curated by Casey Jane Ellison (BFA 2009) at the New Museum.
November 25

A Curated Cartoon Collection

On November 15, the New York Time’s T Magazineblog urged “lovers of animation of all kinds” to see Aboveground Animation—a screening of 20 “cutting-edge” animated short films curated by SAIC alumna Casey Jane Ellison (BFA 2009)—at the New Museum on November 17. Ellison started Aboveground Animation, an online archive and exhibition platform, while studying at SAIC. “I wanted to create an awareness for animation,” she explains. “So rather than people uploading their work individually to YouTube, I thought it was important to create a more curated context.” Aboveground Animation will feature films by more than 20 different artists, including Ellison, and display a range of different animation styles. Describing the moment she first fell in love with animation, Ellison says, “When I was little, I watched an episode of The Sopranos’ featuring a dream sequence in which Tony is interacting with an animated fish. I remember being really affected by the emotion conveyed in that scene, and the element of surprise. That’s when animation is really good—when you don’t know where it’s coming from.”