The 197th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Oct. 24, 2017 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.

Michael Hearn on The Picture Book Revolution

An exploration of how the Art for Art’s Sake ideal of the Mir iskusstva or World of Art movement of the Silver Age morphed into the agitational propaganda of early Soviet children’s book illustration under Lenin and then Stalin.

Michael Patrick Hearn is an internationally renowned author, lecturer, critic and independent curator.  His many books include The Annotated Wizard of Oz, The Annotated Christmas Carol, The Annotated Huckleberry Finn, The Victorian Fairy Book and The Art of the Broadway Poster. His current projects include a critical study of Edgar Allan Poe, a study of Russian children’s book illustration, and his long awaited biography of L. Frank Baum, the author of The Wizard of Oz.

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A Story about Two Squares — El Lissitzky        The Alphabet – V.V. Lebedev

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The 196th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Oct. 17, 2017 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.

Craig Gropper on the Life and Work of William Gropper.

The artist’s grandson discusses Gropper’s art from the political cartoons to murals, and how his convictions guided his life’s work but, ultimately, cost him his livelihood.

After an accomplished career as a TV journalist, Craig Gropper decided to devote himself to the family business. He now manages his grandfather’s legacy. From the 1920s through the middle of the 20th century, artist William Gropper was one of the country’s best-known social critics. His drawings and paintings challenged the powerful on behalf of the powerless, whether featured in newspapers and magazines or in galleries and museums.

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The 195th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Oct. 10, 2017 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.

Kurt Ankeny: Mining the Mind’s Eye

Kurt Ankeny talks about the reasoning and philosophy behind why he finds drawing from imagination and memory such a strong approach to cartooning, and how this creates deeper truths via non-photographic image making.

Kurt Ankeny is a cartoonist and painter whose work has appeared at the Society of Illustrators, at the Cape Ann Museum, and in Comics Workbook. He lives with his wife and son in Salem, Massachusetts.

The image is an outtake from In Pieces: Someplace Which I Call Home.

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The 194th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Oct. 3, 2017 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.

Sue Coe on her new book, The Animals’ Vegan Manifesto.
This book is all pictures no words, and shows how the animals liberate themselves from their oppressors. It’s Orwell’s Animal Farm, but in this version, the animals win, as no animal is more equal than another.

Sue Coe is considered one of the foremost political artists working today. Born in England in 1951, she moved to New York in the early 1970’s. In the years that followed, she was featured on the cover of Art News and in numerous museum collections and exhibitions, including a retrospective at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington. A firm believer in the power of the media to effect change, Coe has seen her work published in The New York Times, the New Yorker, Rolling Stone and countless other periodicals. Similarly, Coe sees printmaking as a way to reach a broad audience. Accessible and affordable, Sue Coe’s etchings, lithographs and woodcuts have become extremely popular.

While Ms. Coe’s work covers a variety of subjects, she has spent years documenting the atrocities committed by people against animals and continues to generate both prints and art on that subject. Her series of prints The Tragedy of War examines the atrocities that humans commit against one another, specifically revealed by the horrors of war. In the past decade, projects include her publication Bully: Master of the Global Merry-Go-Round (2004), a scathing critique of the Bush administration, as well as the book Sheep of Fools… a song cycle for 5 voices, which gives a broad history of sheep farming, highlighting the abuses of the animals for human gain.

Ms. Coe’s 2010 exhibition at the Galerie St. Etienne, “ELEPHANTS WE MUST NEVER FORGET: New Paintings, Drawings and Prints by Sue Coe,” will be published shortly. “MAD AS HELL!,” Sue Coe’s 2012 exhibition at the Galerie St. Etienne, featured new work by Ms. Coe concomitantly published in book form as Cruel, published by O/R books in 2013, a continued, critical look at the Animal Industry that builds upon her groundbreaking 1996 book Dead Meat. That year, Sue Coe was awarded the prestigious Dickinson College Arts Award in Carlisle Pennsylvania. Sue Coe’s latest book The Animals’ Vegan Manifesto featuring close to 100 original woodcuts and linocuts was published in late 2016. She is currently hard at work on illustrations for her next book, tentatively titled Zoos.

Other publications include How to Commit Suicide in South Africa (1983), X (1986), Police State (1987), Dead Meat (1996), and Pit’s Letter (2000), Bully! Master of the Global Merry-Go-Round (2004), Sheep of Fools…A Song Cycle for Five Voices (2005), The Ghosts of our Meat (2013).
Sue Coe is represented by The Galerie St. Etienne, 24 West 57th St., New York, NY 10019

WEBSITE: http://www.gseart.com/coe.html and http://www.graphicwitness.org/coe/enter.htm

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The 193rd meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Sept. 26, 2017 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.

Cartoon Fricassee Live!
An illustrated talk on a year’s worth of non-fiction comics by Katie Fricas, including a trip to a pigeon art show at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the scene in Cleveland outside of the Republic National Convention, forgotten milestones from past summer Olympics, and more.

Katie Fricas is a cartoonist and illustrator in New York City. Her comics have appeared in The Guardian online and on Hyperallergic, Extra Crispy, and The Awl. Her first book of essays will be released in the fall of 2017.

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The 192nd meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Sept. 19, 2017 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.

From the Funny papers to Freud: Martin Wilner’s Artistic Journey
Martin Wilner will trace the unusual arc of his work from learning to draw from comic books and strips in grade school to becoming a psychiatrist and a widely exhibited visual artist. He will describe his ongoing drawing projects and an existential work process that draw upon the techniques of psychoanalysis in a highly original manner without losing sight of his vicarious tutelage at the hands of the comic art masters.
Copies of his Freud Museum London monograph, Martin Wilner: The Case Histories  will be available for purchase at the talk.

Martin Wilner is a visual artist and psychiatrist. His art has been exhibited and published internationally and is included in many prominent public and private collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Morgan Library and Museum, and the Jewish Museum. He recently had his first one person museum exhibition at the Freud Museum London and has been included in numerous museum group exhibitions including Embracing Modernism: Ten Years of Drawings Acquisitions at the Morgan Library and Museum, Reinventing Ritual at the Jewish Museum, and Making Contact at the New Museum Los Gatos. He has lectured on his work process at the Drawing Center, the Freud Museum London, SXSW, and the Payne Whitney Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Image: September 2016: David Greenberger (Making History: The Case Histories)

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The 191st meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Sept. 12, 2017 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.

David Leopold on Hirschfeld By The Book

Al Hirschfeld has virtually been synonymous with caricature since he published his first portraits for Warner Brothers films in April 1925. His first theatrical drawing was in December 1926, and he would continue to draw the theater for New York newspapers, magazines, posters and programs for the next 76 years. Simultaneously, he both recorded and defined Hollywood for nine decades in images and posters that are as iconic as the films themselves. He was there at the birth of television and captured its first half-century, creating more covers for TV Guide than any other artist. He recorded more popular music than any MP3, CD, LP, or wax cylinder ever did, with a handful of his album covers, from the cast album of My Fair Lady to Aerosmith’s Draw The Line, becoming landmarks of 20th century graphic design.

Join David Leopold as he reveals how Hirschfeld also left his mark in the world of literature. Books that Hirschfeld authored allowed him to explore the world outside of performance, and he collaborated on a series of books with S. J Perelman, including one that took the two friends around the world. His illustrations enlivened books by Fred Allen, Garson Kanin, William Saroyan, Brooks Atkinson and John Mason Brown, while other illustrated books covered topics as diverse as the Algonquin Round Table to the Johnson White House. Leopold will also share images and stories from unpublished works including books on the Russian theater and film scene in the 1920s, a history of the African impact on the Bahamas and even a book on Nina, his daughter whose name he hid in almost all of his drawings after her birth in 1945.

David Leopold is an author and curator who has organized exhibitions for institutions around the country including the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge, and the Field Museum in Chicago. Internationally, he has curated shows for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Filmmuseum in Frankfurt and Berlin. He organized the archive of Al Hirschfeld’s work for the artist, visiting Hirschfeld in his studio at least once a week for thirteen years until the artist’s death in 2003. Leopold is now the Creative Director for the Al Hirschfeld Foundation. His latest book, The Hirschfeld Century: A Portrait of the Artist and His Age, published by Alfred A. Knopf to coincide with a major retrospective that Leopold curated for the New York Historical Society has won universal acclaim. The Washington Post called it an “instant classic,” and Amazon selected it for its “Top Books of 2015.” His other books include David Levine’s American Presidents (Fantagraphics, 2008); Irving Berlin’s Show Business: Broadway-Hollywood-America, (Harry N. Abrams, 2005 and listed as a “Top Gift Pick” by the Boston Globe and New York Times); Hirschfeld’s Hollywood (Abrams, 2001). He has also authored a number of monographs on underappreciated artists for various museums.

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