English 430: Literature & the Visual Arts

November 17, 2009

Getty Research Institute field trip

Filed under: About the course,Events of Interest,Scheduling — charleshatfield @ 8:46 pm

REMINDER: This Thursday, Nov. 19, we will be holding class at the Getty Research Institute (GRI). Our host for the day, Getty curator Marcia Reed, will be showing us artists’ books from the GRI’s collection. We’ll also be able to look at a very interesting manuscript illustration exhibit within the GRI titled Migrations of the Mind.

Getting there:

The GRI is part of the larger Getty Center, which, as you may know, is at the top of the Sepulveda pass (driving directions to the Getty can be found here, but it’s pretty straightforward: just take the 405 South from CSUN and get off at Getty Center Drive). Here’s what the Getty’s website says about the GRI:

A circular building to the west of the Central Garden houses the Getty Research Institute (GRI), used primarily by Getty scholars, staff, and visiting researchers. The circular library evokes the introspective nature of scholarly research, with book stacks and reading areas wrapping around a central courtyard. A ramp creates concentric paths, promoting interaction among the scholars and staff. A skylight pulls light through to the subterranean reading room. At the plaza level, a small exhibition gallery displays objects in the GRI’s collection for visitors.

Remember to get there around 3:30 so that you can take the tram up the hill in time to reach the GRI by 4:00. We’ll assemble in the GRI lobby just before 4:00. I suggest you take as few things with you as possible, so as to avoid possibly having to check large bags in the GRI lobby, etc. Don’t forget that the GRI prefers note-takers to use pencil, not pens, and to avoid spiral-bound notebooks.

When driving into the Getty, tell the parking attendants that you are from CSUN and give them the reservation number I sent to our class listserv. If you have not yet received that number, contact me right away at charles dot hatfield at csun dot edu.

PS. The first chapter of Johanna Drucker’s The Century of Artists’ Books can be found online here. I recommend checking it out before Thursday! (I hope to place two other chapters online via Electronic Reserve by week’s end.)

September 18, 2009

The godfather of underground comix does Genesis

Filed under: Events of Interest — charleshatfield @ 10:32 am

In the beginning, sayeth Crumb

As I mentioned in class on Sept. 17, the Hammer Museum here in L.A. will be exhibiting, from Oct. 24 to Feb. 7, the 207 pages that comprise Robert Crumb‘s comics adaptation of the Biblical book of Genesis (soon to be published in book form by W.W. Norton). Crumb is the most famous, controversial, and influential cartoonist to emerge from the countercultural “underground comix” movement that revolutionized the content and delivery of comic books in the late 1960s.

An excellent opportunity to see a high-profile visual adaptation of a, er, famous text!

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