Video & Press

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If you're not able to visit the Library Company to see the exhibit, you can watch the finished animation on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/librarycompany/rebelliousbird Also, I'd like to share some recent press. This project was mentioned in the…

Reception & Talk!

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This Thursday we'll screen the animation and I'll discuss my creative process. Civil War re-enactor Wendy Ramsburg, the subject of my animation, will also speak. Please join us! Thursday, June 2, 2011—Reception at 5:30 p.m., Program at…

Finished

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1,676 still photographs of 42 painted backgrounds + dozens of puppets = 1 completed 9-minute animation!

Repeats

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I thought I'd show you some shots of my animation backdrops and puppets. To animate facial expressions, hand gestures, and other motion sequences, I make series of replaceable parts. I place each piece on a painted backdrop, snap a photo,…

Laying Out Exhibition Cases

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Reference Librarian Linda August and Curator of Prints and Photographs Sarah Weatherwax are collaborating on a small exhibition to accompany Jennifer Levonian's animated video. Women not only fought as men in the Civil War, they also concealed…

Busy

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March is flying by and I've been busy painting the backgrounds for my animation.

Wendy in Disguise

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As I continued to read about the topic of women soldiers in the Civil War, I learned that there are a number of women that disguise themselves as men to portray male soldiers in Civil War re-enactments. This discovery led me to the panhandle…

Choosing a Topic

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When I began to visit the Library Company’s Print Room to view the McAllister Collection of Civil War ephemera, I was both fascinated and overwhelmed by the collection and the scope of the subject. Not only did the Civil War seem much…

Illustrating the Civil War

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Jennifer recently visited the Library Company to look at some of our printed material, including Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. Leslie’s was a heavily illustrated American literary and news serial founded in 1855. It portrayed the…

Introductions

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  I’m Jennifer Levonian, a Philadelphia artist working in painting and cut-paper animation. The above self-portrait is a still from an animation I made last winter. Currently, I’m making an animation inspired by the Library Company’s…