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Wordless in Ohio
13 February 2016 – 22 May 2016| Free
OHIO, USA | Wordless : The Collection of David A. Beronä is an exhibition that celebrates a century of wordless books—graphic novels and histories told entirely through pictures—and also the life of the late David A. Beronä, who was devoted to studying, collecting, and championing this international tradition.
Beginning with the emergence of the modern wordless novel with the work of Belgian artist Frans Masereel in 1918 and the Expressionist printmakers his work inspired in Europe and America, this exhibit traces a history of the form through its modern practitioners including Sue Coe, Peter Kuper, George Walker and others.
Tackling such ambitious topics as the horrors of war, the systematic cruelties of wage slavery, the dangers of nuclear proliferation, and the fate of the artist in late capitalism, these books demonstrate the capacity of sequential images to tell bold, complex and powerful stories without words or special effects.
The exhibit highlights the continued practice of the wordless tradition, including comic strips, graphic novels, minicomics, and children’s picture books. All items on exhibit are from the David Beronä Collection.
Why would you ever need to leave Ohio?
Wordless at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum
The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum is one of The Ohio State University Libraries’ special collections. Its primary mission is to develop a comprehensive research collection of materials documenting American printed cartoon art (editorial cartoons, comic strips, comic books, graphic novels, sports cartoons, and magazine cartoons) and to provide access to the collections.
The BICLM is housed in a renovated 30,000 square foot space in Sullivant Hall that includes a museum with three exhibition galleries, a reading room for researchers and a state-of-the-art collections storage space.
The exhibition is being curated by Associate Curator Caitlin McGurk and Jared Gardner, Professor of English and Film.
Admission is Free
Illustration: A detail from the illustration White Collar, 1940, Giacomo Patri.