The 115th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 7 pm at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.
Presentations by Archie Rand and Alexander Rothman on Poetry Comics
1. Archie Rand on his Psalm 68 project and other poetry-image works.
Artist Archie Rand was born in Brooklyn and studied in New York City. He received a B.A. in cinegraphics from the Pratt Institute in 1970, later studying at the Art Students League of New York under Larry Poons. In 1966, he had his first solo show at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York, launching a career of over 80 solo exhibitions and 200 group exhibitions thus far in the U.S. and abroad.
A frequent collaborator with artists and poets, Rand has worked as draughtsman with Robert Creeley and John Yau exploring such subjects as jazz, the Bible, and Jewish history. In 1974, he completed murals for the 13,000 square foot interior of B’nai Yosef Synagogue in Brooklyn, a monumental three-year project. Rand has administered and taught at numerous graduate art programs and appeared in major art journals and newspapers for over three decades. The recipient of numerous grants and awards, Rand is Presidential Professor of Art at Brooklyn College.
2. Alexander Rothman on Close Reading Comics Poetry.
If a cartoonist sets out to make “comics poetry,” what tools are available to her? How is her work likely to relate to other kinds of comics, or to poetry for that matter? Through close readings, this talk will explore how creators have answered these questions over the last fifty years, with an emphasis on the present day. Specifically, we’ll look at work by Joe Brainard and the New York School Poets, Warren Craghead, John Hankiewicz, and Marion Fayolle.
Alexander Rothman is a cartoonist and poet whose work has appeared in venues including The Indiana Review, Drunken Boat, The Brooklyn Rail, and š! He is publisher and co-editor-in-chief of Ink Brick, a micro-press dedicated to comics poetry, and he cohosts Comics for Grownups, a review podcast available on iTunes. See more of his work at inkbrick.com.
The image is by Marion Fayolle