By: Rachel Buckmaster—
Muncie, IN– The David Owsley Museum of Art (DOMA) presents a public lecture on artist Edward Gorey by the curator of “Gorey’s Worlds,” on view at DOMA through December 21, 2018. On October 11 at 6 p.m., Erin Monroe, the Robert H. Schutz, Jr., Associate Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut, will give a richly illustrated talk about the artist and the special exhibition she curated. A 5 p.m. reception precedes the talk, and the exhibition will remain open until 8 p.m. for those who wish to enjoy an informed viewing following the lecture.
“Gorey’s Worlds,” an exhibition organized by the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut, is the first to contextualize the work of celebrated American author and illustrator Edward Gorey (1925-2000) by uniting artworks from his personal collection and art of his own creation. The exhibition at DOMA is free and open to the public, and the museum serves as the sole Midwestern venue offering this rare glimpse into the creative life of the Chicago-born artist. A catalogue written by Monroe and published by Princeton University Press accompanies the exhibition.
“This close connection to the art Gorey collected with that of his own creation provides insight into what sparked his creativity and reveals Gorey’s clever and playful sense of humor,” says Erin Monroe, Robert H. Schutz, Jr., Associate Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, who organized the exhibition. “DOMA brings a myriad of teaching opportunities inspired by Gorey’s rich cultural connections, such as literature, art history, theater, and illustration. The artist’s Midwestern roots are often forgotten, making DOMA the ideal venue to bring his work to Ball State students and the greater Indiana region.”
Gorey’s prolific career spanned more than 50 years; he is best known for his pen and ink illustrations of tales of hapless children, kohl-eyed swooning maidens and whimsical creatures, depicted with little or no text in a distinctly Gothic style. His repertoire of illustrations, book cover designs and prints is vast, and forays into popular work include the opening sequence to PBS’s “Mystery!” and the scenery and costume designs for the Tony-Award winning Broadway revival of “Dracula” (1977).
Major support provided by Connecticut Humanities, the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, and Clifford Ross. Additional support provided by James B. Lyon, IFPDA Foundation, and Robert and Sharon Smith.
Program support provided in part by the Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Support for the Wadsworth Atheneum provided in part by Newman’s Own Foundation and the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign.
This special exhibition was brought to Ball State University by support from the Friends of the David Owsley Museum of Art.
Unless otherwise noted, the works of Edward Gorey in this exhibition have been provided by the Edward Gorey Charitable Trust.
About the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Founded in 1842, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is the oldest continuously operating public art museum in the United States. The museum’s nearly 50,000 works of art span 5,000 years, from Greek and Roman antiquities to the first museum collection of American contemporary art. The Wadsworth Atheneum’s five connected buildings—representing architectural styles from Gothic Revival to modern International Style—are located at 600 Main Street in Hartford, Connecticut. Website: thewadsworth.org.
About the David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University
2021 W. Riverside Avenue, Muncie, Indiana
The David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University houses a world art collection with over 11,000 works from Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, Europe, and the Americas. DOMA cultivates lifelong learning and recreation in the visual arts through exciting interdisciplinary art exhibitions with engaging displays of the permanent collection in an educational environment that serves both the university and the East Central Indiana region. Website: bsu.edu/DOMA
Admission to the David Owsley Museum of Art is free and open to the public year-round. Free tours are also available for groups. Parking is available at the McKinley Parking Garage and MITS bus stops are nearby.
Visitor hours are:
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
DOMA is located in the Fine Arts Building on the northern side of Ball State University’s Quad.
For more information, call the museum at 765-285-5242.