Downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) presents its last major exhibition of the year. “The Last Unicorn 40th Anniversary group show,” co-presented  in partnership with Sweet Streets, features new works (from over 70 internationally renowned contemporary artists) inspired by the beloved fantasy film, as well as never-before-seen original film production art (including hundreds of meticulously restored frames) and a pop-up shop offering an array of exclusive merch. The opening reception takes place Saturday, December 17, 2022 from 7-11pm. Enjoy “The Last Unicorn 40th Anniversary group show”  in the Main Gallery, alongside The Last Unicorn 40th Anniversary Pop-up Shop in Gallery 2. The Original Film Production Art of The Last Unicorn will be showcased in Gallery 3.

The opening art party will reunite fans, old and new, and provide a window into the making of the animated classic, as the exhibition marks the first time in history the film’s original artwork will be on display. All under the same roof, attendees will get a chance to experience a “behind-the-scenes” look at the film, shop the exclusive 40th anniversary capsule collection, and enjoy new works from a generation of artists inspired by the film’s unique artistry. The show is part of a two-year global celebration in honor of the film’s 40th anniversary and is sponsored by the international animated film society ASIFA-Hollywood, a non-profit dedicated to cultivating and promoting the art, craft, and profession of animation.

“Lady Amalthea” by Jasmine Becket-Griffith, “Under the Lilac Wood” by Amy Sol, and “Unicorn Solitude” by Hikari Shimoda

Forty years ago, acclaimed author and screenwriter Peter S. Beagle’s novel, The Last Unicorn, was released as an animated movie. Originally produced by Rankin/Bass and animated by Topcraft studios, the film tells the story of an immortal unicorn, named Amalthea, who learns that she is the last of her kind. Amalthea’s quest to find others like herself takes us on a journey about love, honesty, pain, and fear. The story is a timeless classic rooted in real-life challenges and demands. Set in a stunning animated world with a lovable cast of characters who do not always get what they want, The Last Unicorn lasts forever.

The milestone celebration kicked off in July with the film’s first screening ever at Los Angeles’ David Geffen Theater at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. The special event also featured a post-screening discussion between Beagle and film producer Michael Chase Walker, plus Sweet Streets debuted an exclusive capsule collection at the Academy Museum Store featuring t-shirts, jewelry, skate decks, movie posters, pins, and collaborations from well-known Los Angeles pop culture designer and CHG artist ONCH. Visit the website for a full list of artists.

On view: December 17, 2022 –  January 21, 2023

What: “The Last Unicorn 40th Anniversary Group Show”
Where: Corey Helford Gallery, 571 S. Anderson St. LA, 90033
When: December 17, 2022, 7:00pm – 11:00pm