Thursday, March 25, 2010

Kevin Huizinga @ MCAD 3/25. The Library's got his comics

Greetings comic lovers!
The Library has many of Kevin Huizenga's comics which depict the exploits of his "everyman protagonist," Glenn Ganges.  They're collected in the book Curses shown above published in 2006 and singly in the anthologies Drawn & Quarterly, Kramer's Ergot, & The Best American Comics series.  Many of you already know this apparently because most of our books that have Huizinga's comics in them are checked out.  Curses, though, is currently on comics instructor Zak Sally's reserves shelf, so it's available to anyone to use in the Library throughout the semester.   
Drawn & Quarterly describes Glenn as "a seemingly middle class man living in the suburbs whose blank-eyed wonderment at everyday experiences brings together such diverse aspects of our world as golf, theology, late-night diners, parenthood, politics, Sudanese refugees and hallucinatory vision, into a complete experience as multifaceted as our own lives."  Whoa!
We just added the 2009 edition in The Best American Comics series.  In it is Huizenga's Glenn Ganges in Pulverize.  It's on display over the next few days so all may get a look at it before it too goes into circulation.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Mike Perry at MCAD 3/25-26. See his books and more in the Library

The Library would like to bring your attention to Mike Perry's books, Hand Job: A Catalog of Type and Over & Over: A Catalog of Hand-Drawn Patterns, in the Library collection.  They along with selected examples of his illustrations done for issues of Print, How, and Dwell magazines are now on display in the main reading room.  Don't for get his TWO lectures on Thursday, March 25th @ 6:30 pm and Friday, March 26th @ 1 pm.  And of course his show in the MCAD main gallery which opens Friday (reception @ 6 pm).

Friday, March 19, 2010

Barthelemy Toguo 3/22, find out more about this visiting artist in the Library

The Library would like to bring your attention to some recent additions to the collection in which the work of next week’s visiting artist Barthelemy Toguo is discussed.  They are Contemporary African Art Since 1980 (cover illustration above), Angaza Afrika, African Art Now, and Drawing Now: Between the Lines of Contemporary Art. In them you can see examples Toguo's work in a variety of media including painting, drawing, photography and installation, and read critical discussion of his themes and motivations.  These books are all on display now in the main reading room of the Library.  We hope they will provide further insight into this artist's practice.  Enjoy the lecture! 

***To view details about the book illustrated above click on the link below.  To see the other titles mentioned enter Toguo in the search box in the catalog view.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Deborah Stratman films in the Library

Calling all Media Arts Mavens and their friends!

Come to the Library where you can see short films by this week's visiting artist, Deborah Stratman.  Her works, How Among the Frozen Words (2005), It Will Die Out in the Mind (2006), and The Magician's House (2007) are part of the compliation Cinemad Almanac, 2009, in the Library's DVD collection.  You can also read interviews with Stratman in the latest issues of Millenium Film Journal.  The issue shown above is a still from her film, In Order Not To Be Here (2002). 
Enjoy the lecture & see you in the Library!!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Unbearable Cuteness: Ken Brown 3/9

Hey Everyone!
We dare you to try to enter the mind of this week's visiting artist, Ken Brown.  We've got three books of his quirky, amusing cartoons and illustrations: My Parachute is Beige, The Unbearable Cuteness of Being, and Notes From the Nervous Breakdown Lane.  They're now on display in the Library along with some of his wrapping paper designs & postcards.  The Library LOVE-LOVE-LOVEs his cat wrapping paper!

Don't forget his lecture is Tuesday, March 9 @ 1pm

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Photo students meet w/John Gossage & Alec Soth 3/5, but all can view their work in the Library!

Attention BFA/MFA Photography Students

Photographer John Gossage & Alec Soth will hold an informal dialogue in Auditorium 140 this Friday, March 5 at Noon.  It's for BFA/MFA photography students only!  Afterward Gossage will join David Goldes' class, The Photographic Book at 1pm.

In the Library we currently have publications on the work of Gossage & Soth on display.  Included is Gossage's most current project entitled Here... Half Blind.  It's part of an exhibition now on view a the Rochester, MN Art Center through April 11.

To find out more about Here... Half Blind, Gossage's documentary project on the city of Rochester go to :

Monday, March 1, 2010

Serious Comics: on display during March @ the Circulation Desk

Did you know that a growing portion of the comics and graphic novels in the MCAD Library's collection are non-fiction?  They cover topics of national and world history, biographies and autobiographies, and memoires.  For example you can read biographies of Martin Luther King, the Beat Poets, Nat Turner, leader of a slave rebellion in 1831, Physicist Robert Oppenheimer, the architect of the Manhattan project, and more all in comic strip form.  Events of recent history are addressed in A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge (about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina), American Widow, the story of a young woman coping with the loss of her husband in the collapse of the WTC towers on 9/11, T-Minus: Race to the Moon, the story of the American space program and the race to land the first man on the moon, and Persepolis (I & II) the riveting story graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi's childhood in a fundamentalist Islamic regime.  These are only a sample!
When you come to the Library this month you can find these and other non-fiction comics on display at the at the Circulation Desk.  Just look for the sign: Serious Comics: Non-Fiction Sequential Storytelling.   And to find even more, just ask any one of the friendly Library staff.