Here’s some exciting news! The Society of Illustrators in NYC will host “The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece,” a blockbuster exhibit that will illuminate both the celebrated graphic novel trilogy (co-written by Andrew Aydin) and the story of Congressman John Lewis’s experience in the civil rights movement.
The MARCH trilogy has become a phenomenon, topping the graphic novel sales charts for 2017 and winning multiple awards along the way – it’s also the only graphic novel to ever win a National Book Award.
More than 150 items will be on display in this exhibit, including Nate Powell’s original art, as well as interactive materials and essays by Jonathan W. Gray, Associate Professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and author of Civil Rights in the White Literary Imagination: Innocence by Association ( The University Press of Mississippi. 2013).
The exhibition gives a glimpse into how this graphic novel was created, with behind-the-scenes process art and artifacts from Powell’s illustration process. A portion of the exhibition also shows how Eisner Award–winning Powell evolved from an SVA student steeped in the punk zine culture into the illustrator of MARCH.
The show runs from February 28 through June 30, 2018, with an opening reception on Thursday, March 1. The Society of Illustrators will be organizing events open to the public in conjunction with the exhibition, including a schedule of lectures, panels, tours and workshops geared toward students, teachers, as well as the general public will be announced in the coming weeks. More information on the exhibit and related events can be found here.
Powell and Aydin will also be Guests of Honor at MoCCA Arts Festival, held this year on April 7 and 8th, and run under the auspices of the SoI.
The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece exhibition is co-curated by John Lind (Creative Director, Kitchen Sink Books, an imprint of Dark Horse Comics) and Charles Brownstein (Executive Director, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund).
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