Tim Burton's Art Will Make a Rare U.S. Appearance at Las Vegas's Neon Museum in 2019

Courtesy of The Vox Agency
Courtesy of The Vox Agency

Mark your calendars, Nightmare Before Christmas and Frankenweenie fans: The Neon Museum in downtown Las Vegas will be hosting the first Tim Burton art exhibition in the U.S. in nearly a decade, according to Las Vegas Weekly.

An extensive selection of original artwork by the acclaimed director, producer, and animator will be on display from October 15, 2019 to February 15, 2020. Some of the pieces will be entirely new artworks, while others have been exhibited in the past.

It remains to be seen if the exhibition will feature any art from Burton’s newest movies, such as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016) and the forthcoming adaptation of Disney’s Dumbo (2019). Burton is reportedly in the process of designing exhibits that best fit the available space.

The director has a special connection to Las Vegas, and the Neon Museum in particular. Parts of Mars Attacks!, Burton’s 1996 sci-fi comedy based on the trading card series, were shot in the city. A few of the neon signs that appeared in the film are now part of the museum's collection, and some of Burton's artworks will be installed in the museum's outdoor Neon Boneyard space. Other displays will be on view at the museum's North Gallery, as well as the City of Las Vegas's Boneyard Park, which is located across from the museum's visitor center.

“To say we’re flattered that Mr. Burton has chosen our museum for this exhibition would be an understatement,” Neon Museum president and CEO Rob McCoy said in a statement. “But when you think about it, Tim is one of the few artists who can match the great imagination of Las Vegas.”

The last major Burton-themed exhibition to be held in the U.S. appeared at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. About 800,000 people attended, making it one of the most visited exhibitions of all time. Other exhibitions featuring Burton’s art have appeared around the world in recent years, with installations popping up in Hong Kong, Melbourne, Los Angeles, Paris, Prague, Tokyo, São Paulo, and Mexico City.

A Burton-themed display outside of a building
A Tim Burton display in Melbourne, Australia
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[h/t Las Vegas Weekly]

Turn Your Favorite Photos Into Works of Art With Google’s Art App

Edvard Munch's "The Scream"
Edvard Munch's "The Scream"
Edvard Munch, Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

If your local art museum is closed, a new app from Google Arts & Culture will make the photos in your camera roll worthy of gallery consideration. As Gizmodo reports, the Art Transfer feature uses artificial intelligence to reimagine any image you upload in the style of a famous artist.

If you've already downloaded Arts & Culture for Android or iOS, hit the camera icon at the bottom of the app and select Art Transfer. From here, you can either snap a photo or choose an existing picture saved on your phone. Google then gives you a variety of art styles to choose from. You can transform your cat into Edvard Munch's The Scream, for example, or turn your brunch pic from last month into a piece of Yayoi Kusama pop art.

The feature doesn't just apply filters; it uses machine learning to edit the colors, textures, and even shapes in the image you upload.

Dog image inspired by Man from Naples.
Michele Debczak/Mental Floss, Google Arts & Culture

Pizza picture inspired by The Scream.
Michele Debczak/Mental Floss, Google Arts & Culture

Two years ago, Google Arts & Culture rolled out a similar feature that matched users' selfies to their art lookalikes. The difference with this one is that instead of showing you existing art, it creates an entirely new image by combining your photo with a famous artwork.

You can download Arts & Culture for free today from the App Store or Google Play. After having fun with the new feature, you can use the app to virtually explore landmarks, museums, and other cultural institutions from the comfort of your home.

[h/t Gizmodo]

Kids Can Join Children's Book Author Mo Willems for Daily "Lunch Doodles" on YouTube

Screenshot via YouTube
Screenshot via YouTube

For children interested in taking drawing lessons, there are few better teachers than Mo Willems. The bestselling author and illustrator has been charming young readers for years with his Pigeon picture book series. Now, from the Kennedy Center, where he's currently the artist-in-residence, Willems is hosting daily "Lunch Doodles" videos that viewers can take part in wherever they are. New lessons are posted to the Kennedy Center's YouTube channel each weekday at 1:00 p.m. EST.

With the novel coronavirus outbreak closing schools across the country, many kids are now expected to continue their education from home. For the next several weeks, Willems will be sharing his time and talents with bored kids (and their overworked parents) in the form of "Lunch Doodles" episodes that last anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. In the videos, Willems demonstrates drawing techniques, shares insights into his process, and encourages kids to come up with stories to go along with their creations.

"With millions of learners attempting to grow and educate themselves in new circumstances, I have decided to invite everyone into my studio once a day for the next few weeks," Willems writes for the center's blog. "Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons. We are going to doodle together and explore ways of writing and making."

If kids don't want to doodle during lunch, the videos will remain on YouTube for them to tune in at any time. The Kennedy Center is also publishing downloadable activity pages to go with each episode on its website [PDF]. For more ways to entertain children in quarantine or isolation, check out these livestreams from zoos, cultural institutions, and celebrities.

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