Stop-motion animation makes us think of the chunky clay cartoon, Gumby, or the simple waddling paper cutouts used to animate the television show Southpark. We wouldn't have considered stop-motion to be an elegant form of animation, but artist Qiu Anxiong has created two narrative movies with the animation technique that dispel that assumption. (Don't expect a cameo from Pokey or Eric Cartman.) The Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, 2010 Flora St., will feature the versatile artist, whose paintings will also be on display at the gallery. The animated films, like most of Anxiong's paintings, are black and white and explore the history, landscape and tradition of China. Anxiong's resourceful use of artistic mediums allows for a unique interpretation of Chinese culture that has been heralded by Western audiences in recent years. The solo exhibit, Qiu Anxiong: Animated Narratives, will be on display until February 5. There is no admission fee to the gallery, which is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday For more information, call 214-979-6430 or visit crowcollection.org.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Oct. 15. Continues through Feb. 5, 2011