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The MoCCA Arts FestivalApril 2 - 3, 2022from 11:00AM - 7:00PM on Saturday11:00AM - 6:00PM on Sunday.
Metropolitan Pavilion125 W 18th St,New York, NY 10011
Programming at The SVA Flatiron Gallery133 West 21st Street
The Society of Illustrators welcomes back audiences to the 2022 MoCCA Arts Festival in celebration of top comic, cartoon and illustration artists from around the world. Featuring work by over 500 creators the weekend will also include live lectures, panels, and artist signings. The Fest takes place April 2 - 3, 2022, on Saturday, 11am - 7 pm and Sunday, 11am - 6 pm.
Now located in a new, spacious venue, Metropolitan Pavilion’s large floor plan and high ceilings provides a bright and well-ventilated space for all fest guests. Located at 125 W 18th Street, the Chelsea-based Met Pavilion is within walking distance to many restaurants and attractions. Programming is steps away at the SVA Flatiron Gallery (133 W. 21st St).
Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, This two-day multimedia event draws over 7,000 attendees each year. 500 exhibiting artists display their work, award-winning honorees speak about their careers and artistic processes and other featured artists conduct demos, lectures and panels. The Fest’s mission accelerates the advancement of the Society’s effort to serve as Manhattan’s singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration through exhibitions, programs and art education.
To promote this year’s Fest, the Society asked previous MoCCA Arts Fest exhibitor and Award of Excellence gallery artist/creator Yadi Liu, to create a colorful, celebratory image for the cover of the Souvenir Journal. The images are featured prominently on all advertising and promotional materials, as well as a selection of merchandise available to purchase at the SI Booth.
Said Executive Director Anelle Miller, “Yadi’s art really captures our excitement for the return of the Fest. After several years of challenges and disappointments, we are so happy to welcome everyone back.”
In addition to Liu’s art, the Society also engaged other notable artists to create work for the show. Natalie Andrewson’s whimsical creatures will be displayed on the badges, and Patrick McDonnell’s quirky MUTTS characters will be featured as spot illustrations found throughout the Fest. These featured artists will be attending the Fest, and their schedules and table locations are available.
Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators and its Museum of Illustration comprise America’s longest-standing nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration. Its mission is to promote the art and appreciation of illustration, its history and its evolving nature through exhibitions and educational programs.
Tickets can be purchased online as well as at the door.
In accordance with the New York City mandate, all attendees, exhibitors, panelists, volunteers, vendors and staff aged 5 and older must show proof of full vaccination with proper ID (for those 18 and older). Masks are required. This year’s Fest will include space in between tables and wider aisles. Floors will be continuously sanitized by event staff.
This Labor Day Weekend, the Hamptons Fine Art Fair returns to the Southampton Arts Center (25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY 11968). Running September 2 - 5, the festival celebrates the East End’s new booming art scene with solo artist presentations of work by Barnett Suskind, Carl Holty, Roberto Dutesco, and Linjie Deng, among others.
The event features exhibitors such as ABA Gallery, Bill Lowe Gallery, Havoc Gallery and many more. The opening of the festival on September 2 includes a musical performance by Irene Fong on her signature five string LED crystal crossbow violin. Other events include a guided tour by the fair’s official docent, Sharon Phair, along with panels and discussions.
To learn more, go to: https://hamptonsfineartfair.com/
Hamptons Art FairSeptember 2 - 5, 2021
Southampton Arts Center25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY 11968
The MoCCA Fest has been a fixture of New York’s independent comics and art scene since 2002, even outliving its original namesake (the Museum of Comics and Cartoon Art). Due the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic, The Society of Illustrators will be organizing a virtual fest, the Comic and Cartoon Art Week, from April 12 to the 17th with live streamed panel discussions, workshops, and (virtual) meet-and-greets. All events hosted by the Society of Illustrators are free to view. Details are at https://www.moccafest.org/comicandcartoonartweek
The online festivities will have discussions on manga, the future of independent comics, workshops for aspiring artists and more.
The Society of Illustrators has stated that the MoCCA Arts Festival has been rescheduled for April 2-3, 2022, and will be hosted at the Metropolitan Pavilion.
To learn more, go to: https://www.moccafest.org/
Comic and Cartoon Art WeekApril 12 - 17, 2021
Presented both online and in person, the 2021 Outsider Art Fair takes place in multiple event spaces across New York City. Running January 29 to February 7, OAF features seven curated exhibitions across five gallery locations around Manhattan:
The virtual program includes a series of enlightening talks and lectures. In Transgression and Taboo in Outsider Art featuring Michael Bonesteel, a leading authority on Henry Darger, art dealer Marion Harris, who has brought the work of Morton Bartlett to international acclaim, and renowned artist Joe Coleman, this panel, moderated by critic and curator Carlo McCormick, will present a risky conversation on the outré within outsider art, and consider what place this kind of work now occupies in a body politic increasingly defined by a new social consciousness and sensitivity.
In Grassroots Art in Vermont: Collecting Non-Mainstream Art at the Bennington Museum, Jamie Franklin, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at Bennington Museum, along with Gregg Blasdel, Ray Materson, and Kathy Stark, who have all played a role in the collection’s development. explore the development of a collection of work by self-taught artists working beyond the mainstream art world (at least initially) at a medium-sized regionally focused museum in rural southwestern Vermont.
In A Closer Look into Henry Darger's World, art historian Leisa Rundquist joins Intuit President and CEO Debra Kerr to discuss the forthcoming book The Power and Fluidity of Girlhood in Henry Darger’s Art. Rundquist's book is the first to examine Darger's conceptual and visual representation of girlhood as it charts his use of little girl imagery in contexts that many scholars have read as puerile and psychologically disturbed, including his direct appropriations from mainstream sources as well as girls modified to meet his needs. To illustrate their conversation, Kerr and Rundquist will use source materials from the Henry Darger Room Collection, located at Intuit, as references to discuss the intricacies of Darger's representation of girls.
To learn more, go to: https://www.outsiderartfair.com/
Outsider Art FairJanuary 29 - February 7, 2021
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