Julie Taymor

Wexner Center for the Arts

This twenty-five-year retrospective of designer-director Julie Taymor’s career begins with an installation dedicated to her theatrical reinterpretation of Disney’s 1998 film The Lion King, for which she won two Tony Awards. Behind a multiscreen video showing footage of the production phases of the musical is an array of giant masks, mannequins in full regalia, large articulated puppets of jungle animals, and working drawings, all interspersed with small wall videos of the rehearsals and the live performance. In this buoyant environment—The Lion King is by far the sunniest of Taymor’s theatrical creations— viewers are made witness to a palpable imaginary world while being introduced to her faith in the efficacy of ritual.

Taymor’s work reveals a fascination with the origins of theater in its most essential, even preverbal forms. Between high school and college the designer studied to be a

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