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 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.
The exhibition 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).
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