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Exhibit at Schomburg center features artwork from Black cartoons

Cyril Josh Barker | 1/31/2014, 12:09 p.m.
Fat Albert original production at the “Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution” show. courtesy of the NYPL

Pamela Thomas, a member of the City College of New York class of 1996, and business partner Loreen Williamson have assembled one of the most extensive collections of 1970s Black animation art in the United States. They have made it accessible to the public through their virtual Museum of UnCut Funk and, now, a traveling exhibit, “Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution,” which opens Feb. 5 at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The collection consists of more than 300 original production cells, production drawings and storyboards, mainly from animated series that aired during the 1970s, including “The Harlem Globetrotters,” “The Jackson 5ive” and “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.” The exhibit runs from Feb. 5 through June 14.