In association with the University of Iowa Museum of Art’s major autumn exhibition, Graphic Language: The Art and Literature of Comics, a pair of events will be held Wednesday–Saturday, Oct. 5–8:
“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.
The exhibition, which runs through Dec. 11, 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.
UIMA-specific events also include:
- 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.