The Arts Council of Princeton presents Heroes of Comic Art, featuring original published artworks by Jack Kirby, Gil Kane, Carmine Infantino, Joe Kubert, Curt Swan, John Buscema, Jack Davis, Steve Ditko and other great artists that created many of the comic heroes that we enjoy in today’s books and films.
Each artist in this exhibition have made major contributions to the history of the comic books as we know them. In 1940, Jack Kirby and writer-editor Joe Simon created the highly successful superhero character, Captain America for Timely Comics, predecessor of Marvel Comics. During the 1960s, Kirby and Stan Lee co-created the Fantastic Four, the Mighty Thor, the X-men and the Incredible Hulk among other characters for Marvel. Steve Ditko also co-created Spider-man. Previously, the DC Comics Carmine Infantino had introduced the Flash to readers which sparked the renewed interest in superhero comics. This allowed artists like Joe Kubert (Hawkman) and Gil Kane (Green Latern) to follow suit and reintroduce other characters, initiating what historians consider to be the Silver Age of Comics. The original pages are all included in this exhibition.
“At some point I became aware that I could own the original drawings used in the publication of the comics that educated and entertained me through my formative years,” Charles David Viera says on his collection, “Partly for their artistic value and partly for nostalgia purposes, I am presenting this exhibition of the true comic book heroes, the artists themselves.”
An exhibition of Viera’s own original work, Narrative Paintings, will simultaneously be displayed in the Arts Council’s Lower Level Gallery with an Opening Reception on Saturday, January 13 from 3-5pm. Viera’s narrative works have rarely been displayed as a group and are the focus of this exhibition which coincides with a special class Narrative Painting: Making a Statement, which will be offered at the Arts Council on Saturday, January 20 from 1-2:30pm.
View a selection of 20 pages from Interwoven Stories, a community stitching project created by 2016 Artist-in-Residence Diana Weymar. More than 200 3-hole fabric pages, stitched with memories, places, and people, were created by Interwoven Stories participants, speaking to the generosity, diversity, spirit, commitment and creativity of this community.
Interwoven Stories Update: Pages from The University of Puget Sound and the Arts Council of Princeton collections currently on exhibit: The Municipal Hall of Princeton, Arts Council of Princeton, The Zen Hospice Project (San Francisco), and Bogota, Colombia (Dec.) with Build Peace 2017. Opening May 12, 2018, the Arts Council of Princeton’s Taplin Gallery, pages from all collections on exhibit for one month. The Nantucket Atheneum and Artists Association of Nantucket will exhibit the entire collection and their completed pages from 2018 at the Nantucket Arts Festival, October 2018. During the past year, the pages have been exhibited at The Slide Room Gallery (Victoria, BC), The University of Puget Sound, The Nantucket Atheneum, The Mariboe Gallery (The Peddie School, Hightstown, NJ), and shared with many people around the country.
[caption id="attachment_19001" align="aligncenter" width="640"] On view in the lower level gallery of the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts
View more Interwoven Stories pages on permanent exhibition at Princeton Municipal Hall, 400 Witherspoon Street, Princeton.
Featured in the Lower-Level Gallery at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts is Narrative Paintings by longtime ACP instructor, Charles David Viera. Viera’s narrative works have rarely been displayed as a group and are the focus of this exhibition which coincides with a special class Narrative Painting: Making a Statement which will be offered at the ACP during the winter semester.
Charles David Viera’s paintings and drawings have been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum ,The Nassau County Museum, Adam Gimbel Gallery ,and the First St Gallery in New York and locally at the Artists’ Gallery and the Riverrun Gallery in Lambertville NJ . Viera has taught painting and drawing to students of all levels including graduate students at Long Island University, inmates at the Brooklyn House of Detention and children at the Montclair and Hunterdon Art Museums. He currently teaches Beginner to Advanced Painting for adult students at ACP and for Hunterdon County.
Vietnam is a country in transition. Intrigued by the rapid transformation of Vietnam, one of the fastest growing economies of the world, Mark Ludak and Andrew Cohen have returned multiple times to photograph this region. A dynamic, youthful country, especially seen in mega-cities like Ho Chi Minh City (Sai Gon), it is a country where the traditional and contemporary are reconstituted into distinctively Vietnamese manifestations.