New York, New York (PRWEB) February 27, 2014
Lynd Ward is widely considered to be the father of the American graphic novel and one of the most prolific book illustrators and printmakers in the history of American art. The New York City premiere of 217 Films’ documentary “O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward” will be held Friday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m. at The Morgan Library and Museum in conjunction with the exhibition, Medium and Muse: Woodcuts and the Modern Book. Ward’s work is featured in the exhibit and this film screening will be introduced by filmmaker Michael Maglaras.
This film has been called “Unforgettable” (Journal of American History), “Magnificent” (Judith Regan, Sirius XM Radio) and “Stunning” (David Berona, author of Wordless Books).
Featuring more than 150 wood engravings, drawings, and illustrations by this seminal American artist and storyteller, this 90-minute film brings the creativity of Ward to life and illustrates his mastery of the “novel without words.”
“O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward” includes recently rediscovered footage of Ward at work filmed in 1937 as he completed his great masterpiece “Vertigo.” Ward’s art chronicles American life in the 20th century, and demonstrates his deep personal commitment to social justice and the plight of the workingman during the depths of the Great Depression.
Clips from the film can be viewed at this link: http://vimeo.com/two17films/videos.
Ward (1905-1985) created and illustrated more than 200 books and was among the foremost graphic book artists of 20th century America. His books, prints, and artwork are held by major museums and libraries worldwide. His great works, such as "Song Without Words: A Book of Engravings on Wood" (1930), are precursors to the modern graphic novel and are acknowledged masterpieces of that genre. Between 1929 and 1937, Ward produced six “novels without words” in which the stories are told entirely through the means of finely-wrought wood engravings.
“O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward” is 217 Films’ fourth release since 2005. Their fifth film, “The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show” is currently on tour across the United States. “Enough to Live On: The Art of the WPA” is in production and will be released in 2015.
WHAT: New York City premiere screening of 217 Films’ documentary: “O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward.” Introduced by filmmaker Michael Maglaras.
WHEN: Friday, March 28, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Morgan Library and Museum
225 Madison Ave.
New York, New York
COST: Admission is free with museum admission. Tickets are available at the admission desk on the day of the screening.
FMI: 1-212-685-0008 Ext. 560
Image credit: Image from Gods' Man, 1929. Copyright the Estate of Lynd Ward.