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Exhibition Comics Unmasked British Library London until 19 August 2014
Exhibition First X, Then Y, Now Z: Landmark Thematic Maps Firestone Library Princeton Internet
Exhibition Enduring War: Grief, Grit and Humour British Library London 19 June to 12 October 2014
Exhibition Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright V & A Museum London until 28 Sept 2014


British Library:

Comics Unmasked

Art and Anarchy in the UK

2 May – 19 August 2014

Featuring such iconic names as Neil Gaiman (Sandman), Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta), Grant Morrison (Batman: Arkham Asylum) and Posy Simmonds (Tamara Drewe), this exhibition traces the British comics tradition back through classic 1970s titles including 2000AD, Action and Misty to 19th-century illustrated reports of Jack the Ripper and beyond.

Comics Unmasked is the UK's largest ever exhibition of mainstream and underground comics, showcasing works that uncompromisingly address politics, gender, violence, sexuality and altered states. It explores the full anarchic range of the medium with works that challenge categorisation, preconceptions and the status quo, alongside original scripts, preparatory sketches and final artwork that demystify the creative process.

Enter the subversive and revelatory world of comics, from the earliest pioneers to today's digital innovators.

From the British Library:

Enduring War: Grief, Grit and Humour

19 June – 12 October 2014
Folio Society Gallery – admission free

A major part of the Library's contribution to the World War One Centenary, Enduring War examines how people coped with life during the war: from moments of patriotic fervour to periods of anxious inactivity, shock and despair.

Through posters, poetry, art, books and pamphlets from the period, the exhibition considers attempts to boost morale at home and in the field, as well as presenting individual responses to the conflict, such as letters from Indian soldiers on the Western Front, schoolboys' descriptions of Zeppelin raids over London and examples of the black humour expressed in trench journals.

The exhibition will also highlight the Library's work for Europeana Collections 1914-1918, a major pan-European project to digitise more than 400,000 items from World War One.

First X, Then Y, Now Z: Landmark Thematic Maps

Main Gallery, Firestone Library, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
First X, Then Y, Now Z: Landmark Thematic Maps

This exhibition introduces viewers to the early history of thematic mapping—the topical layering (Z) of geographic space (X-Y)—through both quantitative and qualitative examples. Exhibited are early, if not the earliest, thematic maps in various disciplines, such as meteorology, geology, hydrography, natural history, medicine, and sociology/economics. In some cases the maps literally changed the world in the sense that new scientific avenues of investigation resulted.

Several groundbreaking exemplars from the fields of ethnography, linguistics, and communication and transportation are included. A few, more conceptual, maps about literary subjects, love/marriage, and utopia extend this thematic cartographic exploration.

Finally, the exhibition hopes to answer this basic question: Who is the typical exhibition viewer? An on-going thematic map will be created from viewer responses regarding gender, Princeton or other affiliation (student, alumnus, faculty/staff, local resident, other visitor), and the state or foreign country where the person was born and/or grew up.

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John Delaney is the Curator  


Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright

Until 28 September 2014

Celebrating the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, this display will examine the enduring influence and popularity of the world’s most famous playwright.

Drawing together objects from the V&A collection and interviews with key contemporary practitioners, Shakespeare: Our Greatest Living Playwright examines how Shakespeare’s plays have travelled across centuries and continents to be used as a springboard for theatrical re-imaginings and interpretation. Dealing in universal truths, but offering generations of practitioners the creative freedom to explore new ideas, his works remain contemporary and relevant today. He is our greatest living playwright.

Victoria and Albert Museum
Theatre & Performance Room 104
Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL



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