The ongoing Distinguished Alumni Lecture series returns with a talk by alumnus Patrick McDonnell (Media Studies 1978), who will speak about his work as a comics artist. McDonnell is best known for his comic strip Mutts, which he created in 1994 and now appears in over 700 newspapers in 20 countries. In 2005, McDonnell embarked on a children’s book career, publishing his first book The Gift of Nothing, which became a New York Times bestseller. The lecture takes place on Thursday, September 27, 7pm, in the Amphitheater, 209 East 23rd Street, 3rd floor, and is free and open to the public.
In other lecture news, the esteemed panel-discussion series Artists Talk on Art (ATOA) is back with a full slate of events for the fall 2007 semester. The first talk of the school year is The Power of Art Criticism — New York’s Top Art Critics Speak, a panel discussion featuring Phyllis Braff from The New York Times, Gary Shapiro from The New York Sun, and Robert Berlind and Gerard Haggerty from Art in America, all of whom will converse about art criticism today. The event takes place on Friday, October 5, 7pm, in the Amphitheater. Admission is free for SVA students, faculty, staff and ATOA members; $7 regular admission; $3 for SVA alumni, non-SVA students and seniors. For more upcoming ATOA panels, visit www.sva.edu/events.
Image: MUTTS ©2007 Patrick McDonnell – Distributed by King Features Syndicate.