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Subject :

Melancholy Menagerie: A Gaze into the World of Big Eyes Comes to Fullerton Museum
Contact :Fullerton Museum Center    (714) 738-6589
Fullerton City Manager’s Office    (714) 738-6317
Fullerton, Ca – The Fullerton Museum Center will be opening a new exhibit entitled Melancholy Menagerie: A Gaze into the World of Big Eyes on May 3, 2014 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. This exhibit will be open to the public through July 27, 2014. The opening reception will include entertainment, a curator's talk, exhibit review, refreshments, and more.

Admission is $10 for non-museum members. Museum members can attend the event for free.  

Melancholy Menagerie: A Gaze into the World of Big Eyes delves into the idea of why the Big Eyes character was so popular in the 60’s and why it experienced resurgence in contemporary art. During the 1960’s, decorative, consumer oriented art flourished with many of these artists working under pseudonyms. They created artworks with adorable characters, often characterized by their bright-eyes, and innocent yet lonely, melancholy, and maybe even menacing faces. Artwork from popular artists of the 60’s like Keane, Eden, and Lee became iconic even four decades later. In addition to vintage art, this exhibit includes contemporary pieces by Camille Rose Garcia, Yosuke Ueno, Mark Ryden, Sas Christian, Tim Burton and more.

"We’re excited to unveil Melancholy Menagerie to those who remember these images from their past and those who have acquired a fondness for these charming figures of sadness," says Museum Director Dannielle Mauk. 

Persons requiring special accommodations to attend the reception are asked to notify the museum staff prior to Friday, May 2, by calling (714) 738-6589.

For more information, please contact the Fullerton Museum Center at
(714) 738-6589.