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  • MA – LitGraphic: The World of the Graphic Novel

    Press Release:

    The Fitchburg Art Museum, North Central Massachusetts’ oldest and most treasured cultural institution, will host the exhibit LitGraphic: The World of the Graphic Novel from Sept. 25 through Jan. 1, 2012. The exhibition is organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum and is making its only traveling New England appearance here. LitGraphic: The World of the Graphic Novel will examine the use of this dynamic form of visual communication, and place specific emphasis on the art of the contemporary graphic novel, which is an internationally recognized artistic and literary genre.

    This special exhibition will feature over 200 original art works, including paintings, drawings, storyboards, studies, books, photographs, and a documentary film, offering insights into the lives of the artists and the nature of their work. The impact on art discourse and the surrounding public community will be deepened and heightened by the powerful literary element of the exhibition. Click here to view sample works

    Focused on subjects as diverse as the nature of relationships, the perils of war, and the meaning of life, graphic novels comprise the fastest-growing sections of many bookstores, according to the Norman Rockwell Museum. Graphic novels employ the technique of cinematographic narrative, developed by comic-book artists, telling the story through metaphors and visual images, particularly images of action. 

    “An increasing number of artists are choosing to express themselves through graphic novels, which have received increased recognition in the popular sector and have started to gain the interest and consideration of the art and literary establishment,” said Peter Timms, director of the Fitchburg Art Museum. “Noted periodicals including The New York Times and The New Yorker have covered the phenomenon, and graphic novels are increasingly popular in classrooms, libraries, and bookstores throughout the United States and abroad.” 

    Beyond the quality of the exhibit and prestige of the Norman Rockwell Museum, Timms said that the Fitchburg Art Museum is using the LitGraphic show as a springboard to launch an aggressive marketing program to promote the museum itself. “Founded in 1925, we are a world-class, family-friendly museum with a permanent collection spanning 5,000 years,” Timms said, “yet we remain very much a hidden treasure. Working closely with the City of Fitchburg, area businesses and other regional and community stakeholders, we have bold plans to engage the public in ways that are as distinctive as the museum itself. 

    About the Fitchburg Art Museum 

    The Fitchburg Art Museum, North Central Massachusetts’ oldest and most treasured cultural institution, is a world-class family-friendly museum with a permanent collection spanning 5,000 years. Visitors can experience a wealth of masterpieces in 12 galleries that feature American, European, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Asian, and Pre-Colombian art. Award-winning educational programs inspire all to learn about the importance of world cultures, art history, and contemporary life. The museum was founded in 1925 through a bequest of artist, collector, educator and Fitchburg native Eleanor Norcross (1854-1923). For more information, visit www.fitchburgartmuseum.org, or call 978/345-4207.

    Fitchburg Art Museum
    25 Merriam Parkway, Fitchburg, MA 01420

    Diario de Oaxaca Tour

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    Peter Kuper is hitting the road with Diario de Oaxaca, a gorgeous and thought provoking multimedia diary of his time in Mexico, during which violence erupted over a teacher’s strike. Dates below:


    Sept 13th, 11:00 a.m.
    Brooklyn, NY Book festival,
    International Stage (Borough Hall Plaza)
    The International Graphic Novel. Three acclaimed graphic novelists who tackle big social and political themes in their work discuss what the form can accomplish, from an international and domestic perspective. Featuring Guy Delisle, Peter Kuper and Sarah Glidden.
    Moderated by Matt Madden.

    http://www.visitbrooklyn.org/BookFestival/press.html 

    Sept 17th, 7PM
    Exhibition opening and talk
    with a show of original art from Diario de Oaxaca
    MOCCA Museum of Comic and Cartoon art
    594 Broadway, Suite 401
    (btwn. Houston and Prince)
    New York, NY 10012

    http://www.moccany.org/

    Sept 23rd, 4:30pm
    Presentation/lecture
    George Mason University, 3301 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201
    Free to public 
    Fall for the Book series

    http://fallforthebook.org/

    Thurs 24th,
    Class talks
    MICA (Maryland Institute of Art )

    http://www.micaillustration.com/

    Fri 25th
    6-8  Presentation/Booksigning Atomic Books
    Baltimore, MD
    http://www.atomicbooks.com/page.php?ep=71&cat=71

    Sat. 26th
    SPX talk/ signing 3-4
    http://www.spxpo.com/

    Sunday 27th
    Baltimore Bookfestival (Radical Pavilion)
    http://www.baltimorebookfestival.com/

    Sept 30th 6:30-8:30
    Society of Illustrators NYC
    Lecture presentation and signing

    http://societyillustrators.org/upcoming/kuper.cms

    Oct 8-10th  
    Komikazen Festival , Ravenna,Italy
    With Dave McKean and others

    http://www.mirada.it/komikazen.html

    Oct 29th 7 PM
    University of Michigan
    Lecture /presentation

    Oct 30 7PM
    Toledo Ohio Museum
    LitGraphic: The World of the Graphic Novel( Keynote address)