Sunday, January 31st, 2016 @ 11AM & 2PM in Manhattan [silent film accompaniment]

When: Sunday, January 31st at 11AM & 2PM
What: The “Teddy” Bears (as a part of Create Ability: Silent Stories in Cinema)
Dir. Edwin S. Porter. 1907, 15 mins. 35mm.

Part charming fairy tale, part violent political satire, and part accomplished puppet animation, The “Teddy” Bears may strike us now as a bizarre mix.

In a sense, this film asked its audience to provide its unity. Many early films relied for full comprehension on viewers’ knowledge of preexisting stories and popular fashions. But this one stretched the audience to the limit, asking for knowledge of the English fairy tale “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and an the incident in President Theodore Roosevelt’s life as a hunter that led to the Teddy bear craze in the first place. According to the story, Roosevelt had gallantly refused to shoot a small wounded bear during a 1902 hunting trip. His “sportsmanship” led political cartoonists to draw “Teddy” Roosevelt alongside increasingly cute bear cubs, and toy stores began selling cuddly stuffed bears, with button eyes and movable joints, as Teddy bears.


The Museum of Modern Art welcomes you to join us for Create Ability, a program for individuals with learning and developmental disabilities and their families. Each month participants focus on a different theme, exploring various artworks in the galleries and creating artworks in the classroom.

Create Ability is free of charge.

Where: Museum of Modern Art
11 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019
Nearest Subway: 5 Ave/53 St on M/V, 57 St on F, 47-50 Sts on B/D/F/M

Admission: Free
This is a part of MoMA’s education program, Create Ability. Space is limited and preregistration is required. For more information or to register, please call Access Programs at (212) 408-6347 or e-mail

Sunday January 31st, 2016 by Makia Matsumura
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