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EXHIBIT: A MILE AND A HALF OF LINES: THE ART OF JAMES THURBER


  • Columbus Museum of Art 480 East Broad Street Columbus, OH, 43215 United States (map)

Michael J. Rosen, founding Thurber House literary director and Columbus Museum of Art guest curator, curates this exhibition of James Thurber’s work—Thurber’s first solo show at the Columbus Museum of Art since 1936.

A Mile and a Half of Lines: The Art of James Thurber is on view August 24, 2019 through March 15, 2020. Celebrating the 125th anniversary of James Thurber’s birth, A Mile and a Half of Lines showcases the drawings of Columbus’s native son and one of America’s best-known twentieth century writers. Thurber’s depictions changed the nature of cartooning. His process of drawing his illustrations spontaneously with child-like abandon was an innovation to his field. For him, the drawing often came first before the caption.

A Mile and a Half of Lines includes Thurber’s work for The New Yorker, his illustrations for his own and others’ books, ad campaigns, and children’s illustrations. Sections of the exhibition include topical drawings depicting: Signs of the Times (Prohibition, the Great Depression, and the Lost Generation); The Bestiary in Me (the animal kingdom); and Columbustown (including OSU football).

Michael J. Rosen is a writer, illustrator, and editor who has collaborated with the Thurber Estate and written about the works of James Thurber for almost forty years. He has edited six volumes of Thurber’s work.


The Columbus Museum of Art
August 24, 2019 - March 15, 2020

Exhibit Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday: Closed