Date(s): February 6, 2007 thru April 29, 2007
Drawn from the permanent collection and loans from collectors, this exhibition plots the relationship between comics and high art. Chris Ware, one of the leading comic artists in the United States today, has written an essay for the gallery guide to the exhibition. In it he shares his views on the place that comic art occupies in American culture and in the high art world today.
The exhibition, on view from February 6 and April 29, will include works from Enrique Chagoya, Jon E. Gierlich and S. Clay Wilson, Howard Finster, Red Grooms, Philip Guston, George Herriman, Roger Shimomura, Saul Steinberg, Art Spiegelman, and Walt Kelly, among many others.
Coinciding with this show will be the Chris Ware exhibition, which will include drawings and other materials related to his upcoming graphic novel based in Omaha, beginning February 16 and continuing through April 29. Both exhibitions have received generous support from the Duncan Family Trust, Runza Restaurants and West Gate Bank.
Public events and programs related to the Comic Art exhibition are:
- Artist Conversation, 5-7 p.m., Friday, February 16. Curator Daniel Siedell and artist Chris Ware discuss comic art and both exhibitions in Sheldon’s Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium. A reception will follow their dialogue.
- Comic Art Panel, 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, February 20. Moderated by Patrick Jones, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln history professor, a panel including Richard Graham, a UNL librarian, Timothy Schaffert, an Omaha author, and Dan Siedell will discuss the significance of comics. This event is sponsored by the Nebraska Humanities Council.
- Second Sunday Gallery Walk, 2 p.m. Sunday, March 11. Comic artists Paul Fell and Bob Hall discuss Comic Art.
- Comic Art Workshops for Sixth Graders, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, March 10 and 24. The workshops, which have a cost of $20 per student, are available to the first 50 students with paid registrations. For more information call 472-1170. The workshops are generously sponsored by Security Federal.
With the exception of the workshops, all events are free to the public, as is admission to the exhibitions.