Wednesday, January 11, 2012

LitGraphics to Munson-Williams-Proctor

I learned a couple days ago that the LitGraphics traveling art exhibition, of which eight of my original pages from "Mom's Cancer" are a small part, is coming to the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, N.Y. March 4 to April 29.

This is the comics art show I write about from time to time that was originally mounted by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass. in 2007. I attended that opening, as I did its opening at the Toledo (Ohio) Museum of Art in 2009. Since then it's been to the James A. Michener Museum in Pennsylvania and the Fitchburg Art Museum in Massachusetts, where Friend O' The Blog Jim O'Kane made the Best Video Ever. Now New York.

I can't believe my drawings have been out traveling the country for more than four years. They grow up so fast. But would it kill them to call once in a while?

The Munson-Williams-Proctor people have asked me to record a one-minute audio clip discussing my work, presumably for museum-goers to hear as they browse. It's tempting to read a recipe out of a cookbook, record a cat howling, or just unleash a profanity-laced tirade. Sadly, I'll probably play it straight. That's why I'll never be a great artist.

LitGraphic is a terrific show if you can get to it. Eisner, Crumb, Spiegelman, Kurtzman, Ditko: more than 200 works of great comics art, plus eight of mine. Worth your time.


Sherwood Harrington said...

For the video, you could throw in a few seconds from your online WHTTWOT release party featuring Pastis at his worst -- that might liven things up a little.

And, speaking as someone who grew up almost in the shadow of Utica, this exhibit might well improve the city's cultural environment by an order of magnitude. Congrats once again, Brian!

[Off-topic: my word verification for this is "ershle," which sounds like an insult if you try to pronounce it.]

Brian Fies said...

The recoding is audio only (via phone), sadly, but that's a good idea. We could do our Odd Couple routine. Wait, does that make me Felix?

Jim O'Kane said...

An audio opportunity? Your proximity to a source of helium is key at this point.

[and my anti-bot test word is "futootor" which also sounds like some kind of Welsh slur.]

Brian Fies said...

Helium! Excellent. Excellent.