Saturday, February 6, 2016

Lynd Ward Film at Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum

217 Films’ “O Brother Man: The Art and and Life of Lynd Ward” Makes Columbus Debut at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum

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.  The Columbus premiere of 217 Films’ documentary “O Brother Man:  The Life and Art of Lynd Ward” will be held Saturday, February 20 at 6:00pm at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum in conjunction with the exhibition WORDLESS: The Collection of David Berona and Dedini: The Art of Humor.  Full details about this exhibit can be viewed at this link.  

This film screening will be introduced by filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton and a Q&A will follow.

O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward” has been called “Unforgettable” (Journal of American History), “Magnificent” (Judith Regan, Sirius XM Radio) and “Stunning” (David Berona, author of Wordless Books). 

Featuring more than 150 wood engravings, drawings, and illustrations by this seminal American artist and storyteller, this 90-minute film brings the creativity of Ward to life and illustrates his mastery of the “novel without words.” 

O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward” includes recently rediscovered footage of Ward at work filmed in 1937 as he completed his great masterpiece “Vertigo.”  Ward’s work chronicles American life in the 20th-century, and demonstrates his deep personal commitment to social justice and the plight of the workingman during the depths of the Great Depression.

Clips from the film can be viewed at this link:  http://vimeo.com/two17films/videos.

Ward (1905-1985) illustrated more than 200 books and was among the foremost graphic book artists of 20th-century America.  His books, prints, and artwork are held by major museums and libraries worldwide.  His stories without words, such as "Song Without Words: A Book of Engravings on Wood" (1930), are precursors to the modern graphic novel and are acknowledged masterpieces of that genre. Between 1929 and 1937, Ward produced six of these books, where the storyline was told entirely through wood engravings.



WHAT:  Columbus premiere screening of 217 Films’ documentary:   O Brother Man: The Life and Art of Lynd Ward.”  Introduction and Q&A with filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton.

WHEN:
Saturday, February 20
6:00pm

WHERE:  The Ohio State Universiry
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum
The Jean and Charles Schultz Lecture Hall
1813 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43210

COST: Free

FMI:  Call 614-292-0538 or email cartoons@osu.edu