Exhibitions > The Comic Art and Architecture of Chris Ware
The Comic Art and Architecture of Chris Ware
November 11, 2014–January 19, 2015
Ryerson and Burnham Libraries (weekdays only)
The comics of Chicago artist Chris Ware are widely regarded as some of the most important works in the history of the artform. Ware is known for his distinct visual language engineered specifically for the way the human mind sequentially processes pictures into an easily understood narrative. His meticulously constructed comics depict the adverse lives of his characters often set amid a backdrop of Midwestern urban architectural design from the last century. Many of the buildings Ware employs in his artwork are revered Chicago architectural spaces that no longer exist and share a quality of hardship and unfortunate circumstance with the characters that dwell within. His depictions return life and emotional energy to these lost buildings, transforming them from setting to the subject.
This exhibition draws from the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries’ rich archive of architectural photographs, ephemera, drawings, and artifacts that Ware has looked to for inspiration and source material, alongside drawings from Ware’s comic stories, from Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, a passage of which takes place during the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, through his latest work, Building Stories, which tells the story of a young woman renting a room in a quintessential brownstone in a rapidly gentrifying west-side Chicago neighborhood.
Chris Ware. Illustration from Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, 2000.
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