Upon browsing my University online article resource I came across the announcement of The Library of Congress newest exhibition – “Timely and Timeless”. Although unsure, the announcement suggests that it will be displaying contemporary art by Steve Ditko which would not be unusual as The Library contains much Ditko art including the many pages of original art from Amazing Fantasy 15.
The exhibition in question opens Thursday 15th of September and closes March 2012 and can be viewed between 8:30 and 16:30 from Monday to Saturday. Here is the information released by The Library of Congress:
Political and social satire, comic-strip and comic-book drawings, New Yorker magazine illustrations and graphic narratives-original cartoon art that was added to the Library of Congress collections during the past decade-will be featured in a new exhibition, “Timely and Timeless: New Comic Art Acquisitions.”
The exhibition opens Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, in the changing-exhibit space of the Graphic Arts Galleries on the ground level of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The exhibition closes on March 10, 2012.
The galleries are open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Admission is free.
“Timely and Timeless” celebrates and demonstrates the multi-faceted development and impressive growth of the comic art collections at the Library of Congress. The 48 works on display are grouped primarily by genre, including editorial cartoons, caricatures, comic strips, cover art and humor cartoons, comic-book drawings and graphic narratives. Among the cartoonists represented are historical masters James Gillray and Honore Daumier, as well as modern and contemporary creators such as Jazz Age cartoonist John Held, Jr.; African American artist Oliver Wendell Harrington; New Yorker cartoonists Charles Addams and Roz Chast; and comic-strip creators Bill Griffith and Aaron McGruder.
The selection in this exhibition also responds to recent trends in cartooning, which include growth in mainstream and alternative comic-book industries and the related, rapidly rising importance of graphic novels or narratives, as represented by the work of Steve Ditko, co-creator of Spider-Man, and graphic novelist Eric Drooker.
For sample images from the exhibit, contact Donna Urschel at (202) 707-1639 or Abby Brack at (202) 707-7309.
The title of the exhibition, “Timely and Timeless,” refers to the nature of comic art. Comic art relates closely to the times that give rise to it-in terms of content, aesthetic sensibility and conceptualization. Timeliness is, in fact, a defining feature of much comic art, which often comments on current events. Timeless reflections of the human condition and society are also represented in the drawings and prints selected for this exhibition. The messages and artistic expression embodied in these creations transcend the periods in which they were created.
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