In the autumn of 1964, as Walt Disney set about laying the groundwork for Disneyland's HAUNTED MANSION, a pair of ingenious Imagineers named Rolly Crump and Yale Gracey conceived of a phantasmagorical concept - THE MUSEUM OF THE WEIRD.
Inspired by both the paranormal plans of the Haunted Mansion and the European tradition of the “cabinet of curiosities,” the Museum was to play host to an abundance of otherworldly oddities. Crump’s fanciful concept art lived up to the Imagineering name - a lizard with bells on its tail, two-headed dragons, a chair that stood up and talked to guests.
Gracey set about engineering many of Crump’s designs. The Museum was to be a spill area, an antechamber where guests awaited the beginning of the ride, but the plan dissolved along the way, and the Museum was never to be. A number of the concepts made it into the Mansion in some form - disappearing and reappearing spooks, the chair with a face, Madame Leota’s cart, the famous wallpaper.
On Saturday, September 13th, CREATURE FEATURES revisits this long-lingering concept with a group tribute show showcasing artwork from over 50 artists paying tribute to Crump & Gracey’s original visions.
Curated by Rebecca Lord and Ken Daly, the opening reception will play host to Rolly Crump himself, who will be displaying original art from his own private MUSEUM OF THE WEIRD collection, exclusive merchandise, as well as offering signed copies of his best selling biography titled "It's Kind of a Cute Story," co-authored by Jeff Heimbuch, who will also be on hand to sign books.
Come join us for this very special evening of spooky fun and frolic in the gallery at Creature Features, Burbank’s premiere home for movie, television, and pop culture art and memorabilia.
Opening reception is from 6pm-10pm. The show runs thru Sunday, September 28th during regular store hours.
If you’re interested in submitting art, please contact: [email protected].
2904 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505