It took the movie’s expansive team of artists as many as 10 days to paint the frames for just one second of film.
The traveling exhibit runs at the museum through Sept. 10.
“People think, ‘Oh, well, it’s been done,’ but no, it hasn’t,” artist Brent Learned said. “There hasn’t been a whole exhibition about this type of artform.”
The bequest came from former director Eric Lee, who requested the prints from Creighton Gilbert, his former teacher.
“I was pleasantly surprised when I visited there, actually, that I wasn’t totally far off,” she said. “I didn’t end up changing anything.”
In the 1950s, big skies and big changes to the country’s technological landscape spurred an artistic movement that began in the coasts and settled in the Southwest.