San Francisco Silent Film Festival

John Canemaker’s lively animation lectures have enlightened and entertained audiences internationally.  His unique perspective as both  filmmaker and historian enables him to share a keen insight into the lives of animation artists, and also reveal the significance of  their accomplishments.

He has appeared to great acclaim at the Museum of Modern Art, The American Museum of Natural History, the Los Angeles County Museum, The Walt Disney Family Museum, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, George Eastman House, The Pacific Film Archive, The Irish Film Institute, The Walt Disney Studio, Pixar Animation, Dreamworks Animation, Blue Sky Animation and Sony Pictures Animation; at colleges and film schools, and film and animation festivals across the United States, Canada, Europe and South America.

Speaking about  Joe Grant and Joe Ranft at the Walt Disney Family Museum

Lecture topics include the following:

  • The Lost Notebooks: Secrets of Disney Special Effects
  • Winsor McCay: His Life and Art
  • The Art and Flair of Mary Blair
  • Two Guys Named Joe: Story artists Joe Ranft and Joe Grant
  • Animating ‘Difficult’ Subjects: The Films of John Canemaker

He has curated a number of museum exhibitions:

Wish Upon A Star: The Art of Pinocchio
Wish Upon A Star: The Art of Pinocchio
  • Wish Upon A Star: The Art of Pinocchio, Walt Disney Family Museum, May 18, 2016 – Jan. 9, 2017.
  • Magic Color Flair – The World of Mary Blair, Walt Disney Family Museum, March 13 – Sept. 27, 2014
  • Dreams in Motion – The Art of Winsor McCay, The Katonah Gallery, June 5 – July 25, 1988
  • Vladimir Tytla – Master Animator, The Katonah Museum of Art, Sept. 18 – Dec. 31, 1994

For Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Oct. 28, 2016 – Feb. 5, 2017, he contributed an essay, “Walt Disney, Experimental Animator.”

John Canemaker and Robert Osborne on Turner Classic Movies

John Canemaker has also made numerous television and radio appearances, including NBC’s Today, The PBS News Hour, CBS Camera Three, NPR and BBC. In 2014 he co-hosted, with Robert Osborne, a tribute to Winsor McCay on Turner Classic Movies




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