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    Our Comics, Ourselves: Identity, Expression, and Representation in Comic Art

  • Recurring daily
  • Dates:
    August 21, 2017 - October 6, 2017
  • Time:
    Open during Library business hours, check for updates: http://library.gmu.edu
  • Admission:
    Free
  • Location:
  • Address:
    4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030
  • Phone:
    (703) 993-3720
Details

Fenwick Gallery at George Mason University is pleased to host “Our Comics, Ourselves,” an exhibition highlighting themes of identity, expression, and representation in comic books and graphic novels. The exhibition will run from August 21, 2017 through October 6, 2017, with an opening reception and curator’s talk on Friday, September 15th.

“Our Comics, Ourselves” features comic books, graphic novels, DIY comics, and various comics paraphernalia primarily from the United States, from 1945 to present. The works range from autobiographical to sheer fantasy, and explore feminism, abortion, racism, cultural identity, social activism, labor unions, veterans of war, sexual abuse, student debt, immigration, public health, civil rights, gender and sexual identity, and more. “Our Comics, Ourselves” presents the graphic stories that describe the complexity and diversity of our collective experience, and examines the social and historical contexts within which they emerged.

In conjunction with this exhibition, Fenwick Library and various departments within Mason will host a series of presentations, workshops, and readings to further the discussion about the exhibition and its associated themes. More information will be available on the Fenwick Gallery website, http://fenwickgallery.gmu.edu.

This exhibition is organized and made possible by Jan Descartes and Monica McKelvey Johnson of Interference Archive in NYC, and supported by many Mason faculty partners and departments, including the University Libraries, the School of Art, Women and Gender Studies, and African and African American Studies.

“Our Comics, Ourselves” will be on display in Fenwick Gallery and the Special Collections Research Center in Fenwick Library on Mason’s Fairfax campus. The exhibition is open during Library business hours; see the Library’s website at http://library.gmu.edu for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

For more information on this exhibition and Fenwick Gallery, contact Stephanie Grimm, Art and Art History Librarian at George Mason University, at sgrimm4@gmu.edu. For general inquiries about the University Libraries or George Mason University, contact Jessica Clark, Development and Communications Officer, at jclarkw@gmu.edu.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION: This exhibition is organized by Stephanie Grimm, Art and Art History Librarian at Mason; Christopher Kardambikis, Assistant Professor of Printmaking, School of Art at Mason; Angela Hattery, Professor and Director, Women & Gender Studies at Mason; Mika’il Petin, Professor, African and African American Studies at Mason; Jan Descartes, Interference Archive (NYC); and Monica Johnson, Interference Archive (NYC).