Current Exhibitions & Events


Comics at Columbia: Past, Present, Future

Kempner Gallery
October 6, 2014 – January 23, 2015

The exhibition presents art, manuscripts, and ephemera from Columbia's Rare Book & Manuscript Library, including items associated with the university's history, as well as art from Mad artist Al Jaffee, Elfquest artist Wendy Pini, and New Yorker cartoonist Charles Saxon; drafts and notes from X-Men writer Chris Claremont and Legion of Super Heroes writer Paul Levitz, and correspondence from mainstream and indie comics luminaries Stan Lee, Harvey Kurtzman, and Howard Cruse, and more.  

An irreverent comic strip confiscated from undergraduates in 1766 joins political cartoons from Thomas Nast and Rube Goldberg, Jerry Robinson’s early sketches of Dick Grayson and Bruce Wayne, Milt Gross’s contracts with The New York World, and a Joe Shuster Superman sketch, along with work from up-and-coming cartoonists.  The exhibition also features works “on the fringes” of comics, such as Rodolphe Töpffer’s The adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck and Lynd Ward’s wordless woodcut novels.

Comics at Columbia is curated by Karen Green, Librarian for Ancient & Medieval History and Graphic Novels Librarian at Columbia University.

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Diverse Characters: An Exhibition of Letterforms and Books by Russell Maret

Exhibition opening October 23, 2014 at 6:00

Chang Octagon
September 15, 2014 - January 23, 2015

Russell Maret, artist, printer and typographer, has been printing since 1989. On exhibition are his dozen most recent books. including the brand-new bibliography, Pressed for Time. The works in the cases highlight his interest in pre-typographic letterforms, his many typefaces, and his amazing excursions into multi-color letterpress printing. More



Additional RBML-related events

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