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Art Museum's Art Up Close! to discuss American comics

The Art Museum of West Virginia University’s Art Up Close! program continues on November 28th with a talk by Professor of Art, Joseph Lupo focused on the Museum’s newest exhibition, My Hero! Contemporary Art and Superhero Action.

The program begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Museum Education Center Grand Hall, which is located near the corner of Patteson Drive and Morrill Way at the Evansdale Campus North Entrance.  The event is free and open to the public.

Lupo’s talk will include a brief history of American comics, focusing on a few of the pioneers of the medium. Using some of the work included in the My Hero! exhibition, Lupo will also explore the complicated relationship American comics has had with contemporary art since the 1960’s and how that relationship has changed recently.

Joseph Lupo is currently a Professor of Art at West Virginia University. His work has been featured at the International Print Center of New York, The Contemporary Art Workshop in Chicago, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the Indianapolis Art Center, and The Contemporary Art Center in Atlanta. Lupo’s work is included in various permanent collections including the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Duke University, the Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Texas Tech University, the Spencer Museum of Art, and the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

Art Up Close! events are held through the academic year and present WVU faculty and guest artists from various disciplines discussing a work of art from the perspectives of their disciplines. The events are co-sponsored by the Friends of the Museum, a membership group for people who enjoy the arts and social, educational and cultural activities revolving around art.

Parking is available in short-term lot ST-1, located at the intersection of Fine Arts Drive and Morrill Way.

For more information about the Art Up Close! program, contact the Art Museum of WVU at (304) 293-7790