New Exhibit! Line Dancing: A Survey of Dance in Cartoon Art

LINE DANCING

An Exhibition at The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum  

September 5-December 30, 2012       

Howie Schneider (1930-2007). Eek and Meek (detail), January 16, 1983. Ink on paper. Howie Schneider Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

This fall, the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum will be exhibiting some of the most finely choreographed cartoons on paper.  Line Dancing surveys dance in cartoon art to celebrate the renovation of Sullivant Hall, the future home of both the Department of Dance and the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.  From a 1788 print of A Cotillion – the precursor to the American square dance – to modern works like a Jules Feiffer dancer and a jig from Charles Schulz’ Snoopy, these figures dance across history and across the page. Be it a literal depiction of dance as an event in time or dance employed as a metaphor, the works in this exhibit are moving, just like our library!

Line Dancing is part of Ohio State is Dancing, a campus-wide celebration throughout the Fall. Dance holdings from the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute will be featured in a companion exhibit, Dancing Dimensions: Movement through Time and Space, at the Thompson Library Gallery. These range from an 18th century French fan with dance scenes to a top hat from A Chorus Line; from dance in notation to dance in 3D; and from costume and set designs to costumes and scenery. Other events will include an exhibit of work at the OSU Urban Arts Space by Bebe Miller, Distinguished Professor of Arts & Sciences at The Ohio State University, choreographer, and dance company director, and the Department of Dance Mershon performance Dance Uptown.

Line Dancing can be viewed from Monday-Friday, 9am to 5 pm, with a special viewing on Friday, November 16th in tandem with Dance Uptown at Mershon Auditorium.

About the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum:  Our primary mission is to develop a comprehensive research collection of materials documenting American printed cartoon art (editorial cartoons, comic strips, comic books, graphic novels, sports cartoons, and magazine cartoons) and to provide access to these collections.  The library is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  It is free and open to the public.  See http://cartoons.osu.edu/ for further information. The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is located at 27 W. 17th Avenue, north of the Wexner Center’s main entrance.  Parking is available at the Ohio Union garage.

Contact: Caitlin McGurk – mcgurk.17@osu.edu – 614-292-0538

Additional information on the campus-wide celebration Ohio State Is Dancing can be found here.