Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Exhibitions

Ubu's Almanac: Alfred Jarry and the Graphic Arts
  • Ubu's Almanac: Alfred Jarry and the Graphic Arts
  • 11-Apr-1998 - 31-May-1998
  • North Balcony, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
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Description

French playwright Alfred Jarry is best known for his scandalous dramatic productions (such as Ubu Roi) that shocked the Parisian public in the 1890s. Ubu's Almanac gives voice to Jarry's grotesque personification of Greed, King Ubu, and to some of the artist's less well known concerns as expressed in the graphic arts. The exhibition will emphasize Jarry's fascination with popular culture and his theoretical concerns, such as his remarkably prophetic theory of "pataphysics" (Jarry's science o the laws that govern exceptions).