Free downtown events feature award-winning cartoonist-writer
Award-winning New York cartoonist and graphic novelist Ben Katchor will visit April 26-27 for University of Louisville-sponsored Jewish Heritage Series events downtown and an exhibition of his work at the Cressman Center for Visual Arts.
An associate professor at Parsons The New School for Design, Katchor has been a TED Talk speaker and a MacArthur Foundation fellowship winner. He produces a monthly strip for Metropolis magazine, has published volumes of “picture-stories” including “Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: Stories” and “The Jew of New York” and has worked on six music-theater shows.
The free public events will be:
3 p.m.-4 p.m., opening reception for the “Ben Katchor: The Made World” exhibit of uncollected and new works, UofL Cressman Center, 100 E. Main St. The exhibit runs through May 10 at the Cressman, which is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. during the First Friday Trolley Hop May 2.
1 p.m.-2 p.m., “Halftone Printing in the Yiddish Press and Other Objects of Idol Worship,” Katchor lecture and reading from his comics while projecting his drawn narratives touching on topics from memories of his father, to art history and technology to the Bible, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, 715 W. Main St. Reservations are recommended at https://ben-katchor-lecture.eventbrite.com
3 p.m.-5 p.m., graphic narrative workshop with introductory exercises in storytelling through text and image (no drawing or fiction-writing experience required; limited to people 18 and older), Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, 715 W. Main St. Space is limited and reservations are recommended at https://ben-katchor-workshop.eventbrite.com
The museum is hosting the April 27 events in conjunction with its “Press: Artist & Machine” exhibition. UofL sponsors are the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society, Hite Art Institute, humanities doctoral program and Jewish studies committee.