Pulitzer Prize-winner Art Spiegelman To Lecture at Wisconsin's Lakeland College
A lecture by Pulitzer Prize-winning artist/illustrator Art Spiegelman on Nov. 18 and a gallery exhibit of comic art will highlight Lakeland College's celebration of comics and sequential art.
Spiegelman, the author of "Maus" and "In the Shadow of No Towers" and an influential artist for The New Yorker, will give a talk entitled, "What the %@&*! Happened to Comics?" beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Bradley Theatre on Lakeland's main campus in rural Sheboygan County.
Tickets for the lecture are $10 and can be purchased by calling (920) 565-1536. His appearance is part of Lakeland's Krueger Fine Arts Series.
Spiegelman helped put comic books on literature shelves. In 1992, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his masterful Holocaust narrative "Maus," which portrayed Nazi cats exterminating Jewish mice. "Maus II" continued the remarkable story of his parents' survival of the Nazi regime and their lives later in America.
Prior to the Spiegelman talk, guests can view an allied exhibit of comic art and cartooning. "Re-Constructing Comics: Explorations in Sequential Art" showcases the work of seven nationally recognized artists from the world of comics. With contributions from Derik Badman, Ivan Brunetti, Vanessa Davis, Aidan Koch, Andrei Molotiu, Anders Nilsen and John Porcellino, the show will explore how these seven artists push, dissolve and rearrange the borders of the comics form.
More information about the artists is available at http://lakeland.edu/comics.
The Nov. 18 events are the culmination of a focus on comics that has been part of several Lakeland classes this semester. All Lakeland's freshmen have been reading Spiegelman's "Maus" in their first-year Core I class, and Professor of American Literature Peter Sattler has been teaching a class this fall on "The Art of Comics."
Some students enrolled in these classes will have an opportunity to meet with Spiegelman privately for an additional discussion about his work.
Every Lakeland freshman takes Core I, a yearlong course that aims to enhance students' critical thinking skills and broaden their understanding of "the self." Nate Lowe, associate professor of writing and coordinator of Core I, said using "Maus," Spiegelman's memoir about his father's harrowing Holocaust narrative and his own struggles with his aging father, provides students a complex view of "the self."
"Spiegelman tells the story in a comic, which adds yet another fascinating layer of art and innovative story telling that students and faculty can explore in the classroom," Lowe said. "Having Spiegelman on campus is a tremendous opportunity for our students to engage in how art, narrative and critical self-reflection enhances what we can learn from others and from ourselves."