GARO MANGA: 1964-1973

An exhibition organized by Ryan Holmberg, Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Contemporary Art, University of Southern California

Opening Reception: This Wednesday, April 14, 2010,  6 to 8 pm

Exhibition On View Through June 26, 2010

Garo Manga: 1964-1973 will be an exhibition focused around the renowned manga (Japanese comics) journal Garo during the period of its greatest aesthetic experimentation and political commitment. Garo is well-known amongst comic enthusiasts and historians of postwar Japanese culture both for its challenging of formal and thematic conventions within the field of comics as well as for its engagement with the main political issues of the day, from right-wing incursions into national education policy to Japanese involvement in the Vietnam War.

This exhibition presents the work and development of Garo during this seminal period. The core of the exhibition will be each and every issue of Garo, from its first issue in September 1964 to its 120th issue in December 1973. Garo issues will be displayed both open and closed, showing representative moments in the history of the magazine and the work of important artists. The exhibition will also display materials including direct precursors to Garo, a selection of important Garo issues from later periods, other journals inspired by Garo (including Tezuka Osamu’s COM), and issues of Manga-shugi (Manga-ism), a small but important magazine of manga criticism, much of which focused on the work of Garo.

A comprehensive catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

Exhibition Schedule

April 15-June 26, 2010

M-F, 10am – 6pm

Sat, 10am – 4pm

Public Programs

Book Arts Lounge: You Can Do a Graphic Novel, with Barbara Slate, This Friday, April 16, 6-9pm

Artist Talk:With Curator Ryan Holmberg and Akino Kondoh, Artist, Illustrator and Author, Next Wednesday, April 21st , 6:30pm

Where: The Center for Book Arts, 28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor

Gallery Hours: M-F 10am-6pm, Sat. 10am-4pm

Admission: Free

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