I’m proud to announce my first art gallery exhibition, of works that span my entire career, at Art on A Gallery in New York City, May 1-June 5, 2014! Plus lectures & other events (scroll down)! From the press release:
"The Art of Arlen Schumer" contains originals, prints and posters spanning 1978-2014 that cover the career of this artist, author, graphic designer, illustrator and American pop culture/comic book art historian—from images created for one of Bruce Springsteen’s most legendary concerts in 1978 while a student at Rhode Island School of Design, to comic book-style commercial illustrations for magazines, greeting cards and off-Broadway show posters, to comic book art history works and more autobiographical imagery. From Springsteen to Superman, from Christ to Captain Israel, you’ll be surprised at the spectrum Schumer’s artworks span.
In addition to the exhibition, Mr. Schumer will be presenting a series of lectures each Thursday evening of the exhibition’s duration that give background and context to his exhibited works:
- May 8: "Life, Art and Comic Book Art": a retrospective overview of Schumer’s twin careers as comic book-style illustrator and comic book art historian.
- May 15: "Batman, Bob Kane and Bill Finger": on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of Batman’s first published appearance in May 1939, Schumer discusses the behind-the-scenes origin of the character, with specific attention paid to the unsung co-creator role of Kane’s writer and partner, Bill Finger.
- May 29: "Man and Superman": the role Superman has played in Schumer’s life, art and career, from childhood sketches to adult illustrations and comic art history works.
- June 5: "The Silver Age of Comic Book Art": Based on his comic book art history book, Schumer explores the origins of the superhero traditions and their personification of American ideals and values, and how these attitudes and portrayals changed during the turbulent decade of the 1960s. You'll not only see where Hollywood's love affair with superhero movies comes from—you'll see comics projected like you've never seen them before!
All lectures begin at 6:00pm.
And on May 22, there’ll be a Comic Costume Party in the Gallery, as Geminis Schumer (June 6) and Gallery manager/curator Grace Perez (May 28) celebrate their birthdays together! Come dressed as your favorite comic book character! The party begins at 6:00pm!
Look for the event page on Facebook.