Inside Move: TV museum toons in to ‘Family’ art

Seth's 'Guy' on the wall

Get ready for Stewie Griffin, object d’art.

The Museum of TV & Radio in Beverly Hills next month will host the world premiere of “What the Deuce Are You Staring At!?! A Collection of Interpretive Work Inspired by ‘Family Guy.’ ” As the title implies, the exhibit consists of 21 different pieces that pay homage to various characters from Seth MacFarlane’s animated hit.

Among the titles in the collection: “Stewie’s Inner Demon” and “A Possessed Peter Finds the Magic Marigold.” Pieces in the exhibit include everything from oil paintings to collages.

All of the artists who contributed works come from the so-called lowbrow pop art movement, which got its start in Southern California’s comicbooks and punk rock subculture back in the 1970s. Exhibit was the brainchild of 20th Century Fox Television Licensing & Merchandising, which commissioned the works earlier this year.

“When we began this experiment, we really had no idea what to expect,” said Fox L&M exec VP Elie Dekel.

MacFarlane and numerous vocal actors from the skein are expected to attend the gala opening of the exhibit Nov. 8. After a 10-week run at the MT&R, the exhibit is slated to embark on a global tour of animation museums early next year.

Fox L&M creative manager Wendell Riggins serves as the curator for the exhibit, which is being used to help hype the Nov. 14 release of a new DVD collection of “Family Guy” episodes.

The show will travel to Animation Connection in Toronto; the Linda Jones Gallery in Santa Fe, N.M.; the Animation Art Gallery in London; the Silver K Gallery in Melbourne; and Van Eaton Gallery in Los Angeles.

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