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Artists celebrate Ghostbusters' 30th birthday

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Keymaster by Rich Kelly
  • Keymaster by Rich Kelly
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Ghostbusters, a film that inspired a generation of filmmakers and comedians and, as evidenced by a show coming through Rotofugi this weekend, visual artists. As far as source material goes, the film is perfect fodder for the exhibit's pop-art perspective; like the movie itself, pieces range from the cartoonish to the terrifying. It's likely there's never been so many renderings of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in one place.

And we're pretty lucky we're getting to see them at all.

This is the last of only three stops the traveling exhibit has made on its way to San Diego's Comic-Con, where I imagine the film's anniversary will take on a whole new life. More than 70 artists have contributed work—including local crafter Steff Bomb—with select prints on sale online as supplies last, and even more exclusive work up for grabs in person. The whole thing was put together by L.A.'s Gallery 1988 ("the Louvre of fan art"), which has exposed the world to some of the most magical pop-culture art, including entire exhibits dedicated to Edgar Wright and Step Brothers.

Tomorrow's opening reception at Rotofugi (7-10 PM), will include a debut piece from Ashton Gallagher and a crowd of hopeful Ghostbusters fans wondering if Bill Murray will make one of his signature whacky appearances. The show only runs through Sun 6/22, but the movie will be screened in Millennium Park on Tue 6/24, so you can make a whole thing of it.

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