Coraline (Behind The Scenes), Animator Chris Tootell guides Coraline through an orchard of popcorn blossoms. CORALINE ©2009, LAIKA, LLC
Coraline (Behind The Scenes)
Animator Chris Tootell guides Coraline through an orchard of popcorn blossoms. CORALINE ©2009, LAIKA, LLC
Kubo and the Two Strings (Film Still), A cheeky moment between Beetle and Monkey. KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS ©2016, TWO STRINGS, LLC
Kubo and the Two Strings (Film Still)
A cheeky moment between Beetle and Monkey.
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS ©2016, TWO STRINGS, LLC
ParaNorman (Film Still), Norman has a close scrape with a Zombie. PARANORMAN ©2012, LAIKA, LLC
ParaNorman (Film Still)
Norman has a close scrape with a Zombie.
PARANORMAN ©2012, LAIKA, LLC
The Boxtrolls (Film Still), A band of gurgling Boxtrolls. THE BOXTROLLS ©2014, BOXTROLLS, LLC
The Boxtrolls (Film Still)
A band of gurgling Boxtrolls.
THE BOXTROLLS ©2014, BOXTROLLS, LLC

Animating Life

The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA

OCT 14, 2017 – MAY 20, 2018

This fall, the Portland Art Museum and the Northwest Film Center celebrate Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA, a groundbreaking view behind-the-curtain into the visionary artistry and technology of the globally renowned animation studio.

At the heart of every LAIKA film are the artists who meticulously craft every element.  Through behind-the-scenes photography, video clips and physical artwork from its films, visitors will be immersed in LAIKA’s creative process, exploring the production design, sets, props, puppets, costumes, and world-building that have become the studio’s hallmarks. Their films are a triumph of imagination, ingenuity and craftsmanship and have redefined the limits of modern animation.

“Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center are thrilled to partner with LAIKA to present the wonders of this distinct enterprise,” said Brian Ferriso, The Marilyn H. and Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. Director and Chief Curator of the Portland Art Museum. “LAIKA at its core is an artistic endeavor that embraces the past and infuses it with a 21st-century vision. LAIKA’s aesthetic vocabulary continues to be shaped by the people and uniqueness of this special state.”

Established in Portland, Oregon in 2005, LAIKA has produced four Oscar®nominated features, including Kubo and the Two Strings (2016), The Boxtrolls (2014), ParaNorman (2012) and Coraline (2009).  Among LAIKA’s many accolades is a 2016 Scientific and Technology Oscar® for its rapid prototyping system, which uses 3D printers to revolutionize film production.  Through technological and creative innovations, LAIKA is devoted to telling new and original stories in unprecedented ways.

“We believe storytelling is an important part of who we are,” says Travis Knight, President & CEO of LAIKA and the director of its most recent award-winning film, Kubo and the Two Strings.  “LAIKA embraces our great privilege to tell stories by creating films that bring people together, kindle imaginations and inspire people to dream. We are proud to be able to showcase our creative process through this partnership with the Portland Art Museum, one of the country’s greatest art institutions, and the Northwest Film Center. Art in its finest forms speaks to our shared humanity, opening us up to new ways of thinking and feeling and helping us to recognize the hidden connectivity of all things.  With this exhibit, LAIKA, PAM, and the Northwest Film Center have created something that can be part of that communal process of change and connection.”

During the course of the exhibition the Northwest Film Center will present wide-ranging programming showcasing the studio’s work and surveying the evolution of stop-motion animation since before the turn of the 20th century. Along with film exhibition programming, the Center will offer a range of animation classes, workshops, and visiting artist programs for students, artists, families, and community members of all ages, including exhibition offerings in its Global Classroom screening program for high school students.

In a city renowned for its maker scene, Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA and its related film and educational programming will be a celebration of the intersection of art, craft, film and technology. Proudly embracing the studio’s unconventional, independent Portland spirit, the exhibition and programs will serve to celebrate LAIKA’s singular position in Portland and in the global film community.

Organized by the Portland Art Museum and the Northwest Film Center in collaboration with LAIKA.

This exhibition contains a zoetrope that produces a strobing effect and may trigger visitors with photosensitivity or epilepsy. Staff are happy to direct you to another entrance or answer questions.
Nov
26
Sun
Public Tour: LAIKA
Nov 26 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coraline (Behind The Scenes), Animator Chris Tootell guides Coraline through an orchard of popcorn blossoms. CORALINE ©2009, LAIKA, LLC
Coraline (Behind The Scenes)
Animator Chris Tootell guides Coraline through an orchard of popcorn blossoms. CORALINE ©2009, LAIKA, LLC

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA.

This exhibition contains a zoetrope that produces a strobing effect and may trigger visitors with photosensitivity or epilepsy. Staff are happy to direct you to another entrance or answer questions.
Dec
2
Sat
Public Tour: LAIKA
Dec 2 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coraline (Behind The Scenes), Animator Chris Tootell guides Coraline through an orchard of popcorn blossoms. CORALINE ©2009, LAIKA, LLC
Coraline (Behind The Scenes)
Animator Chris Tootell guides Coraline through an orchard of popcorn blossoms. CORALINE ©2009, LAIKA, LLC

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA.

This exhibition contains a zoetrope that produces a strobing effect and may trigger visitors with photosensitivity or epilepsy. Staff are happy to direct you to another entrance or answer questions.
Dec
7
Thu
Public Tour: LAIKA
Dec 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Coraline (Behind The Scenes), Animator Chris Tootell guides Coraline through an orchard of popcorn blossoms. CORALINE ©2009, LAIKA, LLC
Coraline (Behind The Scenes)
Animator Chris Tootell guides Coraline through an orchard of popcorn blossoms. CORALINE ©2009, LAIKA, LLC

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA.

This exhibition contains a zoetrope that produces a strobing effect and may trigger visitors with photosensitivity or epilepsy. Staff are happy to direct you to another entrance or answer questions.
Dec
12
Tue
Public Tour: LAIKA
Dec 12 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Coraline (Behind The Scenes), Animator Chris Tootell guides Coraline through an orchard of popcorn blossoms. CORALINE ©2009, LAIKA, LLC
Coraline (Behind The Scenes)
Animator Chris Tootell guides Coraline through an orchard of popcorn blossoms. CORALINE ©2009, LAIKA, LLC

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA.

This exhibition contains a zoetrope that produces a strobing effect and may trigger visitors with photosensitivity or epilepsy. Staff are happy to direct you to another entrance or answer questions.
Dec
21
Thu
Art & Conversation: LAIKA Studios Spotlight
Dec 21 @ 9:15 am – 11:30 am
The Boxtrolls (Film Still), A band of gurgling Boxtrolls. THE BOXTROLLS ©2014, BOXTROLLS, LLC
The Boxtrolls (Film Still)
A band of gurgling Boxtrolls.
THE BOXTROLLS ©2014, BOXTROLLS, LLC

Join us the third Thursday of every month for coffee and conversation followed by a lecture or film screening. This month, bring your grandchildren for a special screening of the LAIKA film Boxtrolls. Admission for children 17 and under is always free. No grandchildren? No worries! This film is fun for all ages.

Coffee at 9:15 a.m. in the Fields Ballroom, Mark Building; film at 10:15 a.m. in the Whitsell Auditorium, Main Building. Those attending the film are also welcome to explore the galleries after the talk. This series is free for adults 62 and over and is made possible through the Marguerite and Harry Kendall Education Fund. Additional support comes from Rick and Erika Miller.

Accessibility

The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for the lecture. Please see a staff person at the program to request one. For additional requests, please email access@pam.org 2-3 weeks in advance, or call 503-226-2811.

This exhibition contains a zoetrope that produces a strobing effect and may trigger visitors with photosensitivity or epilepsy. Staff are happy to direct you to another entrance or answer questions.
Public Tour: LAIKA
Dec 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Coraline (Behind The Scenes), Animator Chris Tootell guides Coraline through an orchard of popcorn blossoms. CORALINE ©2009, LAIKA, LLC
Coraline (Behind The Scenes)
Animator Chris Tootell guides Coraline through an orchard of popcorn blossoms. CORALINE ©2009, LAIKA, LLC

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA.

This exhibition contains a zoetrope that produces a strobing effect and may trigger visitors with photosensitivity or epilepsy. Staff are happy to direct you to another entrance or answer questions.
Dec
28
Thu
Public Tour: LAIKA
Dec 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Coraline (Behind The Scenes), Animator Chris Tootell guides Coraline through an orchard of popcorn blossoms. CORALINE ©2009, LAIKA, LLC
Coraline (Behind The Scenes)
Animator Chris Tootell guides Coraline through an orchard of popcorn blossoms. CORALINE ©2009, LAIKA, LLC

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA.

This exhibition contains a zoetrope that produces a strobing effect and may trigger visitors with photosensitivity or epilepsy. Staff are happy to direct you to another entrance or answer questions.
Dec
30
Sat
Public Tour: LAIKA
Dec 30 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coraline (Behind The Scenes), Animator Chris Tootell guides Coraline through an orchard of popcorn blossoms. CORALINE ©2009, LAIKA, LLC
Coraline (Behind The Scenes)
Animator Chris Tootell guides Coraline through an orchard of popcorn blossoms. CORALINE ©2009, LAIKA, LLC

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA.

This exhibition contains a zoetrope that produces a strobing effect and may trigger visitors with photosensitivity or epilepsy. Staff are happy to direct you to another entrance or answer questions.
Jan
2
Tue
Public Tour: LAIKA
Jan 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Coraline (Behind The Scenes), Animator Chris Tootell guides Coraline through an orchard of popcorn blossoms. CORALINE ©2009, LAIKA, LLC
Coraline (Behind The Scenes)
Animator Chris Tootell guides Coraline through an orchard of popcorn blossoms. CORALINE ©2009, LAIKA, LLC

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA.

This exhibition contains a zoetrope that produces a strobing effect and may trigger visitors with photosensitivity or epilepsy. Staff are happy to direct you to another entrance or answer questions.
Jan
14
Sun
Family Tour: LAIKA
Jan 14 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Coraline (Behind The Scenes), Animator Chris Tootell guides Coraline through an orchard of popcorn blossoms. CORALINE ©2009, LAIKA, LLC
Coraline (Behind The Scenes)
Animator Chris Tootell guides Coraline through an orchard of popcorn blossoms. CORALINE ©2009, LAIKA, LLC

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA.

This exhibition contains a zoetrope that produces a strobing effect and may trigger visitors with photosensitivity or epilepsy. Staff are happy to direct you to another entrance or answer questions.
Jan
17
Wed
Evening for Educators: Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA
Jan 17 @ 5:15 pm – 7:15 pm
Coraline (Film Still) – Coraline discovers the secret tunnel between the Real World and the Other World. CORALINE ©2009, LAIKA, LLC
Coraline (Film Still), Coraline discovers the secret tunnel between the Real World and the Other World. CORALINE ©2009, LAIKA, LLC

Did parent-teacher conferences or the sold-out crowd keep you from attending the LAIKA Educator Program in November? You have another chance! LAIKA’s Mark Shapiro returns to take us behind the scenes on Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA. Founded in 2005, LAIKA has grown to occupy a unique and distinctive place in American cinema by continuously expanding the boundaries of the 120-year-old technique of stop-motion animation. LAIKA is a community of storytellers, artists, inventors, technicians, and craftspeople from around the world, committed to fusing filmmaking’s state-of-the-art technologies with a handmade animation tradition as old as film itself. Dive into their creative process and make connections to your students’ learning.

5:15 – 6 p.m. – Self-guided experience of LAIKA exhibition
6 – 7:15 p.m. – Lecture and discussion in the Sunken Ballroom

Light refreshments will be served.

Reserve tickets
Jan
21
Sun
Public Tour: LAIKA
Jan 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coraline (Behind The Scenes), Animator Chris Tootell guides Coraline through an orchard of popcorn blossoms. CORALINE ©2009, LAIKA, LLC
Coraline (Behind The Scenes)
Animator Chris Tootell guides Coraline through an orchard of popcorn blossoms. CORALINE ©2009, LAIKA, LLC

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA.

This exhibition contains a zoetrope that produces a strobing effect and may trigger visitors with photosensitivity or epilepsy. Staff are happy to direct you to another entrance or answer questions.

Presenting Sponsor

Phil and Penny Knight

Lead Sponsor

Exhibition Series Sponsors

Major Sponsors

Helen Jo and Bill Whitsell
Clark Foundation
Ameriprise Financial logo
Columbia Threadneedle logo
KinderCare Education logo
Stoel Rives logo
U.S. Bank logo

Sponsors

Laura S. Meier
The Jackson Foundation
Boeing logo
Stratasys logo
Travel Portland logo
Vernier logo

Supporters

Daniel Bergsvik and Donald Hastler
Elizabeth Lilley
Charles and Ruth Poindexter
Grace Serbu
Fran and John von Schlegell in honor of Jordan Schnitzer
Friends of Animating Life
The Heathman Hotel

Promotional Partner

Oregon Film logo

This exhibition is supported by the Oregon Cultural Trust
Oregon Cultural Trust logo