Lecture

The Forgotten Worlds of Herbert Crowley : A discussion with Josh O'Neill and Justin Duerr

May 03, 2019 |
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Prior to his disappearance, Herbert Crowley was an innovator at the dawn of comics, and a defining figure of the early 20th century avant-garde. His illustrations were featured alongside work by Picasso, Matisse and Van Gogh in the 1913 Armory Show that gave birth to modern art in America. His newspaper strip THE WIGGLEMUCH was printed next to Winsor McCay’s LITTLE NEMO IN SLUMBERLAND in the New York Herald. He was a noted mainstay of the burgeoning NYC experimental art scene.

And yet he’s been completely erased from history. Aside from a very small selection of his comics, none of his artwork has been published or collected in any form.

Until now. Over the course of six years of deep research, author and historian Justin Duerr has unearthed a huge number of Crowley paintings, sculptures, illustrations, comics, prints, engravings and ephemera, which are now collected in THE TEMPLE OF SILENCE: Forgotten Works & Worlds of Herbert Crowley, a massive new monograph from Beehive Books.

Join Justin Duerr and Beehive’s editor and publisher Josh O’Neill on May 3rd at the Society of Illustrators as they delve into a mysterious and fascinating history that arcs from the underground art world of Edwardian New York, through the trenches of World War I, and into the private Swiss compound of the legendary, enigmatic psychotherapist Carl Jung. Encounter the astonishing artworks of Herbert Crowley, and learn how they were created, forgotten, and finally rediscovered.

Tickets
$15 Non-Members | $10 Members | $7 Seniors/students (Undergrad with valid ID)