“Books are a uniquely portable magic” Stephen King, “On Writing”
Reading and writing in all variety are the featured subjects in this exhibition of fine and decorative arts dating from the 19th through the 21st centuries. Reading is a good diversion for the person who must sit quietly under the artist’s scrutiny, and literature has inspired visual artists in the Western tradition since ancient times. “Portable Magic” includes paintings, sculpture, works on paper, writing desks and implements, by artists such as Milton Avery, Edwin Dickinson, Lesley Dill, Elaine Reichek, Stella Waitzkin, Kara Walker, and James McNeill Whistler.
In conjunction with “Portable Magic,” the Museum hosts an exhibition of photographs by Rita Lombardi, photographer and PrattMWP assistant professor. Lombardi has photographed libraries across the country in a thoughtful exploration of these spaces that are dedicated to making information accessible to all patrons, a mission that symbolizes the best of American values.
Free to the Public
Durwin S. Talon and E. Guin Thompson are Michigan-based illustrators, comic book creators, designers, and educators. In partnership, they have produced work for Archaia/Boom! Comics, DC Comics, Oni Press, Image Comics, and White Wolf Publishing. Collectively, they have written books on sequential art and comic book storytelling for TwoMorrows Publishing and Dark Horse Comics.
Their most recent collaboration is "Beautiful Scars," an original fantasy/history graphic novel published by Archaia/Boom! Comics and Simon & Schuster.
Together, they helm the illustration program at Grand Valley State University. They travel the world giving presentations with topics ranging from the history of illustration and comics, women in illustration, inclusion in image making, and the art of comic book illustration.