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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Daniel Clowes opening at the MCA in Chicago this Saturday

The Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes exhibit opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago this Saturday, June 29.  As part of the opening festivities for the show, Dan Clowes will be in conversation with curator Susan Miller at 1 pm on Saturday June 26. She will engage Clowes in a conversation about his practice, his connections to Chicago, and the genesis of the exhibition. A book signing will follow the talk.

You can reserve tickets now and people, you should! Mr. Clowes is an interesting character with lots of fascinating insights into the history of alternative comics and comics' intersection with pop culture. That Seth & Dan tour was some of the most smartest and funniest comics talk I've heard in years.

If you can't make it this Saturday, don't fret: the exhibit will be up until October 13, and to sweeten the deal, Modern Cartoonist has been expanded significantly from the original show presented at the Oakland Museum of California. New pieces include two illustrations of Chicago as seen through Clowes's eyes: this twenty-foot-tall mural and the lead photo. Chicago Mag got him to annotate it, and boy is it neat to get the inside scoop on the landmarks of Dan's Chicago.

In all, the exhibit presents more than 125 original drawings and artifacts from Clowes's career, including ink and Zipatone drawings, gouache paintings, books, and more. So get down there, y'all! As for me, I'll be here, trying to find legitimate excuses to get to Chicago before the exhibit closes.


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