Friday, February 21, 2014

New at the Morgan Library - Medium as Muse: Woodcuts and the Modern Book

February 21, 2014
Last night we had the great pleasure of attending the opening of Medium as Muse: Woodcuts and the Modern Book at the Morgan Library, now running through May 11, 2014.
Our film O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward” will be shown at the Morgan on March 28 in conjunction with this important exhibition. We were pleased to lend wonderful footage of the master Lynd Ward at work to this exhibition.
Unqualified praise goes to Sheelagh Bevan and the team at the Morgan for a superbly curated and fascinating exhibition that moves the visitor through a tastefully presented history of the woodcut and the art of wood engraving in connection with the art of the book. I say tasteful…but Sheelagh and the team, with this exhibition, prove again that this art form is also the province of both the very talented and the purposely provocative.
In attendance was our friend Robert Dance -- without whose comprehensive catalogue of the work of Lynd Ward the world would be a poorer place -- as well as the engaging George Walker, who gave Terri and me a wonderful broadside pillorying the Mayor of Toronto. We even caught a few minutes with Art Spiegelman: a man possessing enormous talent and a matching vision.
We at 217 Films urge you to see this exhibition…and see it soon.
- Michael Maglaras

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

New York Premiere of 217 Films' Documentary on Lynd Ward: The Morgan Library and Museum

217 Films' documentary on Lynd Ward will screen at The Morgan Library and Museum on Friday, March 28 at 7:00pm.

The New York premiere of "O Brother Man:  The Art and Life of Lynd Ward" will be introduced by director Michael Maglaras.

This film is being screened in conjunction with the exhibition, Medium and Muse: Woodcuts and the Modern Book.

This screening is free with museum admission.  Advance reservations for Morgan Members only:  1-212-685-0008 x560 or

About the Film:  Lynd Ward is the father of the American graphic novel and one of the most prolific book illustrators and printmakers in the history of American art.  Featuring more than 150 wood engravings, drawings, and illustrations by this important American artist and storyteller, this 90-minute film brings the creativity of Ward to life and illustrates his mastery of narrative without text. His work chronicles American life in the 20th century, and demonstrates his deep personal commitment to social justice and the plight of the workingman surrounding the years of the Great Depression. Written, narrated, and directed by Michael Maglaras of 217 Films. Featuring interviews with Ward's daughter, Robin Ward Savage.

Produced by 217 Films  |  Written, directed and narrated by Michael Maglaras  | Executive Producer Terri Templeton  |  2012 |   NR   |   90 Minutes  |  USA  | In English

Available on DVD through Amazon at this link.