Graphic Language public reception set for Oct. 2

The Museum of Art will kick off its major autumn exhibition, Graphic Language: The Art and Literature of Comics, featuring original comic arts, at the Black Box Theatre in the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU), Sept. 24. The exhibition will run through Dec. 11.

A public reception will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2, in the South Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. Refreshments will be served.

The exhibition will feature stellar contemporary pieces by legendary artists such as R. Crumb, Chris Ware, Alison Bechdel, Gilbert Hernandez, and Dan Clowes, and by indie creators like Jessica Abel, Jeff Lemire, James Sturm, and Matt Madden. Historic prints from the UIMA collection by Blake, Goya, Hogarth, and Picasso also will be included, in addition to drawings and prints from the golden age of comic books.

The show is guest-curated by three CLAS professors (Corey Creekmur, associate professor of English and cinema and comparative literature; Ana Merino, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese; and Rachel Williams, associate professor of art and gender, women’s and sexuality studies), as well as UIMA curator Kathy Edwards.

Joint events include:

“Comics, Creativity, and Culture: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives,” a symposium featuring major comics creators and scholars, Oct. 6–8. Keynote speakers include Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets), Joe Sacco (Palestine and Footnotes in Gaza), Jessica Abel (Artbabe and La Perdida), James Sturm (The Golem’s Last Swing and Market Day), and Phoebe Gloeckner (A Child’s Life and Other Stories). A special presentation on editing and publishing comics will feature Craig Yoe of Yoe! Studios and Yoe! Books, who has been called “the Indiana Jones of comics historians” by Vice magazine.

“Class Act Comics Conference,” a workshop for both teachers and students from fifteen regional junior and high schools on Oct. 5, offered through the UIMA education department.

UIMA-specific events also include:

  • Friday, Sept. 23: Donor Preview of Graphic Language, in the North Room of the IMU, starting at 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 25: Grand Opening of Graphic Language with the curators, at the Black Box Theater, from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 2: Public Reception for Graphic Language, at the South Room of the IMU, beginning at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
  • Friday, Oct. 7: Comics-themed First Friday at the Englert Theatre, 5–7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 29: Museum Party!, an otherworldly fantasy, in the Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 3: Curators’ Panel Discussion in the Black Box Theatre of the IMU at 7:30 p.m.

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