On August 22, artist and SVA alumnus Kenny Scharf (BFA 1980 Fine Art) will unveil his new 30-minute cartoon series, The Groovinians, in a sneak preview at the Museum of Television and Radio in New York. The series will then open at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art on October 19. The computer-generated, 3D cartoon is “a little autobiographical,” Scharf says, and tells the story of two kids from the boring planet Jeepers who dream of escaping to Groovinia, an enchanted land of artists. Scharf has rounded up some of his old New York collaborators to do the voices – Drina deNiro, Dennis Hopper, Paul Reubens, Debbie Mazar, Vince Gallo, RuPaul and Ann Magnuson. Devo vet Mark Mothersbaugh is in charge of the music and the B-52s perform the theme. “I’m really happy with it,” Scharf says. “I sacrificed everything for it for the last three years. In addition, The Cartoon Network is scheduled to air one episode on November 24 at 10pm.
From August 21 through September 3, the SVA Division of Continuing Education will host a series of open houses. The open houses provide the chance to spend an evening with some of the College’s distinguished faculty. Interested students may learn about opportunities in a chosen field or profession as well as individual course offerings, from beginner through advanced. Members of the continuing education faculty will address current issues in their respective fields, and discuss their work and professional experiences. A question and answer session will follow each lecture. These one-evening open houses are offered to the general public free of charge. For additional information and a full schedule, call 212.592.2050 or visit the continuing education web page at http://www.schoolofvisualarts.edu.