Illustration Week 2014 Plus

Today is the start of Illustration Week 2014, with panels, exhibits, and screenings on illustration, comics, and animation at several New York institutions including the Society of Illustrators and SVA.  In addition to the official events, I have a couple of other, relevant events you might want to add to your calendar this week…

Arsène Schrauwen by Olivier Schrauwen

Arsène Schrauwen by Olivier Schrauwen

The weekly New York Comic Picture & Story Symposium actually has two events this week, the regularly scheduled one on Tuesday about late Medieval religious cartoons by Marlene Villalobos Hennessy of Hunter College and an extra meeting on Wednesday with Belgian cartoonist Olivier Schrauwen on his work.  Both events at the New School at 7 pm.

Then, on Friday at 6:15 pm, as part of MoMA‘s To Save and Project film series of recently preserved film from around the world, a night of cartoons by the legendary Winsor McCay, famed creator of Little Nemo in Slumberland!  The event is moderated by animator and animation historian John Canemaker, author of the 2005 book Winsor McCay: His Life and Art.

The event is programmed in part for the 100th anniversary of Gertie the Dinosaur from 1914, the first cartoon to use keyframe animation among other techniques, so that will of course be part of the programming!

NYCO flashback in Boston

Opinions have been flying among online opera lovers on the topic of New York City Opera‘s dissolution, and one of the nicer things to come out of the comments sections are links to full videos of old telecasts of NYCO performances, including their 1999 performance of Jack Beeson‘s Lizzie Borden, which they premiered in 1965.  (link to part 2)

Nice to see those newer works documented, since they don’t necessarily get much traffic outside the original commissioning opera house…  That being said, Boston Lyric Opera is actually performing a new, reduced chamber version of the opera later this month!  So watch the original to prepare for this latest version…

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKuxOVyzIWs&w=350&h=300]

Gives a somewhat comforting sense of continuity even in the wake of NYCO‘s ignominous falling apart…

Speaking of beloved New York institutions which have since shuttered, the Society of Illustrators recently announced four of the special guests for next year’s MoCCA Arts Fest, and it’s a venerable bunch, so should be fun!