The sixty-first meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Monday, October 7, 2013 at 7:00 PM at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.

Last January the Nirthfolde Visitors’ Bureau ‘occupied’ the premises of the Northfield (MN) Arts Guild Gallery. Nirthfolde is a bucolic, yet bustling burg situated in a parallel universe that neatly overlaps the small college town in southern Minnesota. Created by David Lefkowitz and Doug Bratland, the Visitors’ Bureau featured misinformation panels, ahistorical artifacts, and other displays designed to perplex and amaze.
David Lefkowitz will present a talk describing the Visitors’ Bureau, and the degree to which our understanding of place is always constructed through stories that combine fact and fiction.

David Lefkowitz’s work in painting, installation, and mixed media addresses everyday paradoxes of perception, and larger questions that arise from them. Much of the work explores the blurry boundary between the human-built environment and the natural world.  He is Associate Professor of Art at Carleton College. Recent solo exhibits include “Other Positioning Systems” at the Rochester Art Center, and “Facilities and Grounds” at the Carrie Secrist Gallery in Chicago. His paintings of trompe l’oeil wall fixtures appear in “Lifelike” which originated at the Walker Art Center and is currently on exhibit at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, TX. Website: