OAF Talk | Telling Our Stories: Phoebe Gloeckner and Gilbert Shelton in conversation with Dan Nadel
Saturday, September 17th, 11am-12pm
Auditorium Fondation Pernod Ricard
1, cours Paul Ricard, 75008
In conjunction with the OAF exhibition The Underground is Always Outside, curator Dan Nadel will moderate an intergenerational dialogue between comic artists Phoebe Gloeckner (Diary of a Teenage Girl) and Gilbert Shelton (The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, Fat Freddy’s Cat, Wonder Wart-Hog).
Phoebe Gloeckner is a graphic novelist. Her book, The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2002), was praised as "one of the most brutally honest, shocking, tender, beautiful portrayals of growing up females in America." Her books have been published in multiple languages and her artwork has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States and Europe. In 2008, Gloeckner was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship to continue work on an on-going project centering on the life of the family of a murdered teenager living in Ciudad Juárez, several hundred feet from the US-Mexico border. Throughout and preceding the escalation and gradual recession of the current period of intense violence in the city (3,200+ homicides in 2010), Gloeckner has been observing the evolution of the family, the case of their daughter’s murder, and the neighborhood they live in. The end product of this process will be several novels.
Gilbert Shelton came out of the Austin, Texas cartooning, humor, and music scene of the 1960s, and joined the Zap crew in 1968. He is the creator of the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, an affectionate, epic, and surreal satire of American life through the whacked-out adventures of three very different hippies.
Dan Nadel was most recently the Curator at Large for the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the University of California, Davis, where organized exhibitions on Kathy Butterly, Mary Heilmann, and William T. Wiley. Nadel is the editor of several books, including Peter Saul: Professional Artist Correspondence; The Collected Hairy Who Publications, 1966–1969; and It’s Life as I See It: Black Cartoonists in Chicago, 1940–1980. He has also curated exhibitions including What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art: 1960 to the Present; Gertrude Abercrombie; Spain Rodriguez: Hard-Ass Friday Nite; and, recently, Chicago Comics: 1960s to Now, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Nadel, a 2021–2022 Fellow at the Leon Levy Center for Biography at the Graduate Center, CUNY, is currently at work on the biography of underground comic artist Robert Crumb to be published by Scribner.