“Hogarth, Grosz, the Fleisher brothers, Tex Avery, Charles Addams, et cetera are great artists. And so is R. Crumb. In certain ways, he may be the greatest of them all.” —Jim Jarmusch, The Life and Times of R. Crumb (St. Martin’s Press) Robert Crumb (b. 1943) is considered the premiere underground comix artist of his generation. With only a smattering of issues and titles such as Zap, Motor City, Head Comics, and Despair, Crumb deconstructed the american comic book, revolutionizing the form forever. Over four decades later, his impact continues to be felt worlwide. This retrospective, curated by Monte Beauchamp, editor of The Life and Times of R. Crumb (St. Martin’s Press), presents key pieces culled from the underground art collection of Eric Sack, with contributions from Paul Morris and John Lautemann. R. Crumb: Lines Drawn on Paper is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
And assorted events:
March 31, 2011 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.￼
Paul Buhle, retired Senior Lecturer in History and American Civilization at Brown University (and currently a Research Associate in the American Civilization Department’s John Nicholas Brown Center) and a Distinguished Scholar for the American Studies Association and the Organization of American Historians, was founder-editor of several journals on history and culture, Director of the Oral History of the American Left at New York University’s Tamiment Library, and a sometime frequent contributor to the Village Voice and the Nation, among other publications. He has written or edited forty-two volumes including a dozen relating to comic art. These include, in recent years, Jews and American Popular Culture (3 volumes). Studs Terkel’s Working: a Graphic Adaptation, Jews and American Comics, A People’s History of American Empire (a graphic adaptation of Howard Zinn’s volume), Wobblies!, and the Harvey-and-Eisner Award-winning Art of Harvey Kurtzman.
$15 non-members, $10 members, $7 students
A NIGHT OF OLD-TIME MUSIC (SOLD OUT)
A documentary about the underground comix artist
April 12, 2011 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
From director Terry Zwigoff (Ghost World, Bad Santa, Art School Confidential) comes one of the most critically-acclaimed films ever made. A hilarious and mysterious journey through artistic genius and sexual obsession, CRUMB is a wild ride through the mind of R. CRUMB- creator of Zap Comix, Mr.Natural and Fritz the Cat. Follow the life and experiences of Crumb and his family, particularly Robert Crumb’s brothers, Maxon and Charles, his wife and children, as we look into the story behind the art.
$15 Non-Members, $10 members, $7 students
RSVP@societyillustrators.org or call Katie Blocher 212 838 2560
If you’ve never seen it…prepare to be amazed.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.