ArtBeat: “When Comics Went Underground” @ MCLA Gallery

When Comics Went Underground @ MCLA Gallery 51“When Comics Went Underground,” an exhibition of original vintage art from the underground comix of the late ’60s and ’70s counter-culture, opens on Thursday (October 28).

The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Gallery in North Adams is hosting the exhibition, which features 50 works of art by such acclaimed comix creators as R. Crumb, Bill Griffith, Art Spiegelman, Harvey Pekar, Trina Robbins, S. Clay Wilson and others.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the gallery will host an hour-long panel discussion at 5pm on Thursday with three of the exhibiting artists – Howard Cruse (Gay Comix, Wendel), Gary Hallgren (Air Pirates, National Lampoon) and Denis Kitchen (Kitchen Sink Press). Artist and MCLA art professor Gregory Schekler will also participate in the discussion, which will be moderated by writer John Seven.

Immediately following the discussion, the gallery will host an opening reception from 6-8pm. Both Thursday’s discussion and reception are open to the public free of charge.

“When Comics Went Underground” will remian on exhibit at MCLA Gallery in North Adams through Sunday, November 28.

(Related stories: R. Crumb video; R. Crumb book review)

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