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Penn Libraries Events & Exhibitions
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Comics, Animation, &

Graphic Novels at Penn
POW!
A Year-Long Celebration
Events & Exhibitions:
(please check back frequently for more exciting activities!)
October 27, 2008 - March 22, 2009

Life in Boxes: Comic Art & Artifacts
Penn Libraries Exhibition

Boxes are the ruled surroundings of every comic strip and comic book panel, and even constitute the twenty-four frames per second of the animated film. This exhibition reflects the history and development of these various genres and includes original art, comic books, graphic novels, volumes of single panel cartoons, histories, and criticism drawn from the collection of more than 5,000 books and over 20,000 comic books recently donated to the Penn Libraries by alumnus Steven Rothman. Featured are editorial cartoons; superheroes; underground comix; Terry and the Pirates, Peanuts, and Pogo, Donald Duck and Dirty Duck, Little Lulu, Little Orphan Annie and Little Annie Fanny, Superman and Super Goof.

Kamin Gallery
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
3420 Walnut Street, first floor

Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Saturday and Sunday, by prior arrangement
215.898.7088

www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/lifeinboxes.html

   
January 16 - March 29, 2009

Joshua Mosley: dread
ICA Exhibition

Joshua Mosley's dread is an installation composed of a six-minute animated, high-definition projected video and five bronze sculptures. Made over a two-year period and premiered in 2007, dread combines computer and stop-motion animation, and digital sound, as well as the artist's own music and dialogue. Inspired by his readings of Blaise Pascal's Pensées and Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Émile, Mosley (b. 1974, Dallas; lives Philadelphia) presents an imagined conversation between the two philosophers on the difficulty of resolving the human relationship to nature and existence while also accepting God as the creator. The animated form of the video, and the title itself, is modeled after Eadweard Muybridge's photographic motion study of a dog named Dread. dread's recent premiere at the 52nd Venice Biennale received critical acclaim.

Institute of Contemporary Art
University of Pennsylvania
118 S. 36th St.
215.898.7108

www.icaphila.org/exhibitions/mosley.php

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Wednesday, February 4, 5:30 PM
and Thursday, February 5, 5:30 PM

James Duesing Animation Lectures

James Duesing, computer animator and video artist, will give two evening lectures. On February 4, Duesing will speak about his own animation. On February 5, Duesing will speak about the history of animation from his perspective as an artist. He is currently a professor in electronic and time-based art at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Art.

Rosenwald Gallery
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
3420 Walnut Street, sixth floor

February 4 - RSVP HERE

February 5 - RSVP HERE

   
Monday, March 16, 2009 – Deadline

Your Inner Fish Comic Contest

The Penn Libraries is sponsoring a comic book/graphic novel contest inspired by this year’s Penn Reading Project selection, Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body, by Neil Shubin. Create your own comic book or graphic novel inspired by the themes of evolution and change using Comic Life! Winners will be announced at the April 1st event, a lecture by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, Signe Wilkinson. Prizes TBA.

The David B. Weigle Information Commons (WIC)
On the first floor (west)
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
3420 Walnut Street

MORE INFO

   
Wednesday, March 18, 5:30 PM

Nathan Schreiber, Comic Artist

While at Penn Nathan Schreiber, '03, created a weekly comic strip, Terrell Quimby, which won the 2001 National College Media Advisers award for Best College Cartoon Strip. He is currently working on Power Out, his first full-length graphic novel.

Rosenwald Gallery
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
3420 Walnut Street, sixth floor
RSVP HERE

   
Sunday, March 22, 2009

WOW! Superhero Day at Penn Museum

Superheroes, Super Villians, and their sidekicks have enjoyed an honored place in most cultures of the world. Today they invade the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in an afternoon of super antics and astounding displays of power and wonder. Join us for a family day of fantastic events including a costume contest, scavenger hunt, comic book maketplace, drawing workshops, movie screenings, and lectures.

Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215. 898.4890

www.museum.upenn.edu

   
Wednesday, April 1, 5:30 PM

Signe Wilkinson, Cartoonist

The first female cartoonist to receive a Pulitzer Prize (1992), Signe Wilkinson draws editorial cartoons for the Philadelphia Daily News and the comic strip Family Tree. Following Wilkinson's presentation about her career the Libraries will announce the winner of the Your Inner Fish Comic Contest.

Rosenwald Gallery
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
3420 Walnut Street, sixth floor
RSVP HERE

   
Thursday, April 2, 5:00 PM

Jane S. Pollack Memorial Lecture in Women's Studies
Marjane Satrapi

Marjane Satrapi is an internationally renowned graphic novelist, illustrator, and film director; author of the bestselling graphic novel Persepolis, now a major motion picture.

200 College Hall
MORE INFO

   
Past Events:
Louise Krasniewicz Blog from Comic-Con

Dr. Louise Krasnewiecz reports from Comic-Con in San Diego. Dr. Krasniewicz is the Senior Research Scientist, American Section, at The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. She is committed to showing that the same anthropological concepts we apply to the study of cultures around the world and across time can reveal crucial insights into our own everyday lives, into the decisions we make and the actions we take.
September 5 - December 7, 2008
R. Crumb's Underground
ICA Exhibition

R. Crumb's Underground is a career-spanning survey organized around specific themes and ideologies critical to his work. These include social satire, sex, blues and jazz music, mind-altering substances, autobiography, and biography. The show spotlights collaborations from his early San Francisco days in the 1960s and 1970s, to recent work with his wife, cartoonist Aline Kominsky-Crumb. Extending far beyond comics, this exhibit of over 100 works—including early comics, greeting cards, collaborations, and sketchbooks, as well as drawings and sculptures—is the most substantial portrait of Crumb to date in the United States.

Institute of Contemporary Art
University of Pennsylvania
118 S. 36th St.
215.898.7108

www.icaphila.org/exhibitions/crumb.php

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Wednesday, September 17, 7:00 PM
Lecture: Patrick Rosenkranz
Whenever Wednesday

Patrick Rosenkranz, comix historian and the author of the comprehensive tome, Rebel Visions: The Underground Comix Revolution 1963-1975, talks about R. Crumb's work and the trangressive movement that it helped define. A Spiegel Fund event.

FREE to members & Penn students, $5 general admission

Institute of Contemporary Art
University of Pennsylvania
118 S. 36th St.
215.898.7108

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Wednesday, October 22, 6:00 PM
Tour: R. Crumb
Whenever Wednesday

Associate Curator Jenelle Porter sorts through the themes and ideologies critical to Crumb's work's social satire, sex, blues and jazz, mind-altering substances, autobiography—and traces the development of his ultimate achievement and most important legacy: a wide-ranging, if critically suspicious, humanity.

Institute of Contemporary Art
University of Pennsylvania
118 S. 36th St.
215.898.7108

www.icaphila.org/exhibitions/crumb.php

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Wednesday, October 22, 7:00 PM
Film: Crumb
Whenever Wednesday

Terry Zwigoff's acclaimed 1995 biography documenting the life and times of the comix pioneer R. Crumb, featuring interviews with his family and ex-girlfriends, provides an insightful peek into the psychological sources of the legendary cartoonist's paranoid, cynical, and subversive graphic art.

International House
3701 Chestnut Street

www.ihousephilly.org/icacrumb.htm

Monday, October 27, 12:00 PM
Comic Life Showcase with Louise Krasniewicz

Comic Life is software for creating comic books and graphic novels. Anthropologist Louise Krasniewicz will demonstrate this exciting and easy-to- use program and show examples of her own and her students' work.

The David B. Weigle Information Commons (WIC)
On the first floor (west)
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
3420 Walnut Street

Monday, October 27, 5:30 PM
Charles Burns, Artist and Author of Black Hole

The evening begins in Meyerson Hall with a lecture, given by Charles Burns. His lecture is part of the Spiegel Residencies. The University of Pennsylvania's Residency Program is made possible by the Emily and Jerry Spiegel Fund to Support Contemporary Culture and Visual Arts. The Spiegel Fund creates and supports a series of coordinated interdisciplinary courses, programs and events.

and Life in Boxes Exhibition Opening and Reception

Following the lecture, the festivities will move to the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center for the Life In Boxes exhibition opening and reception. Alumnus Steven Rothman will speak briefly about his impressive collection and how to hide 20,000 comic books in a small apartment.

Meyerson Hall
Room B-1
210 South 34th Street

 

 

 

Kamin Gallery
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
3420 Walnut Street, first floor

Thursday, November 6, 5:30 PM
Arie Kaplan, From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books

Kaplan argues that Jews built the comic book industry from the ground up, and that the influence of Jewish writers, artists, and editors continues to this day. Join us for a lively presentation - including film and video clips - followed by a book signing by author Arie Kaplan. This event is cosponsored by the Jewish Studies Program's Kutchin Seminar Series.

Rosenwald Gallery
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
3420 Walnut Street, sixth floor

Wednesday, November 19, 7:00 PM
Animation Selections from the Library Collection,
Organized by Joshua Mosley


Join us for a fun-filled evening of animation and popcorn. On view will be a range of animation produced during the last century by individual animators and large studios.

Rosenwald Gallery
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
3420 Walnut Street, sixth floor

All events are free and open to the public (please show photo ID at entrance)
 
     
Pow! Comics, Animation, and Graphic Novels at Penn

A year-long celebration
POW! Comics, Animation, and Graphic Novels at Penn