Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Portrait of Art Spiegelman

Many thanks to Julie for bringing this to my attention! The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is featuring one of my favorite graphic novelists, Art Spiegelman. The "Portrait of the Artist As a %@&*!" exhibit -- on display May 29-July 28 -- features his earlier works entitled Breakdowns.

Originally published in 1978, Breakdowns gave comics a socially acceptable name and landed in mainstream libraries and universities. What Spiegelman did was test the spheres of comics, while also redefining their social impact as a form of art. MOCAD's exhibit will showcase several excerpts from this iconic book as well as Spiegelman's many films, drawings and mementos. In his near 40 years in the art world, he's constantly questioned life and its behavior. That's exactly why I love his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Maus.

"It's a manifesto, a diary, a crumpled suicide note and a still-relevant love letter to the medium I adore." -- Art Spiegelman

If you find yourself in the Motor City this Friday (May 29), head over to MOCAD (4454 Woodward Avenue, Detroit) for the opening of this fantastic exhibit! At 8pm, the event will open with performances from Pittsburgh/San Diego dance duo, Extreme Animals, and Detroit-based hardcore funk outfit, Will Sessions.

Get your hands on the recently reprinted Breakdowns hardcover here.

[Photo courtesy of MOCAD: Art Spiegelman, Breakdowns (Process sketch)]

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