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Edward Gorey-themed Events and Seminars at LUMA

Thu, Apr 3, 2014

6lbt3gJ8LxfelzD0ywu9G0XezW8rJQ3QoctYhuUb1SgThe Vinegar Works
Every Saturday at 2 p.m. until June 14

Enjoy a fun-filled time of puppets and Gorey tales. Audience members, young and old, will delight in the magical world created by Blair Thomas & Company, known for combining puppets and visual theater. Gorey’s stories filled with wild animals, imaginative creatures, and odd folks are an invitation to the imagination. LUMA will host a toy theater staging of The Vinegar Works. Come to watch the spectacle of three Gorey stories, The Gashlycrumb Tinies, The Insect God, and The West Wing. People will be entertained by a witty, disquieting journey through the wonderful world of Gorey. The running time is 30 minutes. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
Location: Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), Contact: Mary Arhondonis at luma@luc.edu or 312.915.7608, Cost: Free with museum admission

Grimm to Gorey: The Scary in Children’s Literature
Tuesday, April 1 at 6 p.m.

Suspense may be an intrinsic virtue of storytelling, but terror is a matter of specialized taste. Since stories were written and published specifically for children during the Enlightenment, a good deal of children’s literature has been written about scary things. Over the centuries, this subject matter has troubled many adults, though it is adults who mostly write these stories and quite often read them too. Why is children’s literature so often scary? Critics of scary stories denounce them as unhealthy; proponents, like Bruno Bettelheim in The Uses of Enchantment, argue that just the opposite is true: they provide a healthy release for children’s anxieties. Edwin Frank, editor of the New York Review of Books Classics, will look at children’s books as literature and in relation to other kinds of genre literature, such as crime, detective and ghost stories; fantasy, romance, and science fiction. Location: LUMA, Contact: Mary Arhondonis at luma@luc.edu or 312-915-7608, Cost: $4 / Members & LUC: Free

Gorey Cocktails
Thursday, April 3, 5:30 p.m.

Fancy a sip of dry wit and a bite of whimsy? Have a taste for the frightful and delightful? Enjoy some craft cocktails, Edward Gorey style, at the Loyola University Museum of Art, now Chicago’s drollest museum. Please join event chairs Matthew Dattilo and Peter LoGiudice to celebrate the work of Chicago-born artist Edward Gorey. Location: Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), Contact: Mary Arhondonis at luma@luc.edu or 312.915.7608, Cost: $50

A Fanciful High Tea
Friday, April 4, 3 p.m.

Enjoy an afternoon of tantalizing tea and delicious delicacies as we celebrate the work of Edward Gorey. The afternoon will feature actors from the Dead Writers Theatre Collective who will present readings by Gorey that are darkly humorous – The Gashlycrumb Tinies; The Epipleptic Bicycle; The Disrespectful Summons; The Wuggly Ump; The Doubtful Guest; The Evil Garden; and The Salt Herring. Location: Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), Contact: Mary Arhondonis at luma@luc.edu or 312-915-7608, Cost: $45 / Members and LUC: $40

An Evening in London
Tuesday, April 8, 6 p.m.

Join LUMA for “An Evening in London: A Talk About How the Greatest City in the Western World Got to be That Way.” Dr. Robert Bucholz, professor of history at Loyola and co- author of London: A Social and Cultural History, 1550 – 1750, will speak about London’s rise to world prominence. From 1550 to 1750, Londoners invented, re-invented, or borrowed for the Anglophone world constitutional monarchy, a relatively free press, and the first viable commercial theater since ancient times, among many other developments. No other city in the world did more to catalyze modernity. Location: LUMA, Contact: Mary Arhondonis at luma@luc.edu or 312.915.7608, Cost: $4 / Members and LUC: Free

Ascending Peculiarity: Edward Gorey & His Sources
Wednesday, April 9, 7 p.m.

Please join the Loyola University Chicago Libraries for Ascending Peculiarity: Edward Gorey and His Sources (an exercise in presumption), a talk by Karen Wilkin, an expert on and friend of Edward Gorey. Ms. Wilkin will be joined by Gorey collector Thomas Michalak and Andreas Brown, credited with building Gorey’s career by promoting his work at Brown’s Gotham Book Mart. Location: Crown Center for the Humanities, Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus, located at 1001-25 W. Loyola Avenue., Contact: Nicole Brodsky at 773-508-2616 or nbrodsky@luc.edu, Cost: Free, Sponsor: Gregory and Rosalind Terry Lecture Series

Goreyesque: A Tribute to Edward Gorey
Tuesday, April 29, 6 p.m.

Guests will enjoy fun evening of readings by contributors to Goreyesque, an online literary journal featuring work inspired by Gorey’s storytelling and visual aesthetic. The journal includes fiction, essays, poetry, and artwork, and features, among others, darkly humorous short stories and poems in verse. Location: Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), Contact: Mary Arhondonis at luma@luc.edu or 312-915-7608, Cost: Free

The Hidden Truths of Lincoln Park
Saturday, May 10, 11 a.m.

To highlight the macabre nature of Gorey’s work, LUMA will host a tour featuring a talk on the cemetery that used to be in what is now Lincoln Park and its only remaining grave – the Couch Mausoleum. The talk will feature artist Pamela Bannos from Northwestern University. Wanting to learn more about the layers of the city’s rich history, she began work on Hidden Truths, in which she highlighted the park’s past. During the course of her research, she learned that things were not as simple as she had assumed. We will meet at 10:45 a.m. inside the Chicago History Museum at the North & Clark Café. Location: Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark Street, Contact: Mary Arhondonis at luma@luc.edu or 312-915-7608, Cost: Pre-payment only: $8 / Members & LUC: $5

Stories of the Nonsensical, Macabre, and Playful
Saturday, May 24, 1 p.m.

Edward Gorey was famous for his witty, delightful, and unexpected stories. With that in mind, Bren Ortega Murphy will conduct an interactive storytelling session. She will help participants – young and old – invent and share their own tales…stories that have never been heard before! Location: Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), Contact: Mary Arhondonis at luma@luc.edu or 312-915-7608, Cost: Free with museum admission

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