The Episode Where a Gallery Exhibits Anime Art

Exhibition: February 23 – March 22, 2024

In this episode, the Trolley Barn Gallery called artists from all over the globe to celebrate anime, manga, and comic books through a vibrant exhibition of art inspired by Japanese animation, manga and comic books. The youth curators accepted a diverse array of art including: figurines, character designs, sketches, photography, collage, digital art and cosplay props to explore how anime is a language that articulates our unique identities.

In the last 30 years there has developed a unique exchange between youth in Black American communities and youth in urban Japanese cultures. The most obvious evidence of this exchange is in the influx of popularity in anime and manga in the US and in hip hop music and fashion in Japan. This summer the youth curators from the Trolley Barn Youth Curatorial Team investigated that exchange on a field trip to the Brooklyn Museum to view Oscar yi Hou’s exhibition “East of sun, West of moon”. Yi Hou, a British-born Cantonese artist now living in Brooklyn, usesd common Japanese and Chinese, Japanese and East Asian motifs to adorn portraits of his ethnically diverse American friends as an exploration of “Asia America.” The youth curators were inspired by this style and wanted to create an exhibition that also playsed with the influence of using Japanese pop culture onto explore the deeper questions of representation.


Opening Reception: Friday, February 23, 6–8PM

Costume Contest: Friday, March 1 from 5–8PM
• Judged by local artists and anime lovers
• Includes over $200 in prizes
• Enjoy free snacks and refreshments
• Connect with local anime and cosplay enthusiasts

Creating Comics Workshop: From Concept to Completion: March 9 from 12–4PM
• Brainstorm story concepts
• Learn about storyboarding and storytelling from Local Comic Bookstore owner Jean David Michel
• Learn drawing and composition from exhibiting artist, Cy Hinojosa
• Leave with the tools to create your own comic book from start to finish