Professor Andrei Molotiu has co-curated the exhibition, American Alternative Comics, 1980 – 2000: “Raw,” “Weirdo,” and Beyond at the McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College. He has also co-edited the accompanying exhibition catalogue, titled “Raw,” “Weirdo,” and Beyond: American Alternative Comics, 1980–2000, distributed by the University of Chicago Press. Additionally, Dr. Molotiu contributed to some of the catalogue's essays and co-designed the catalogue's cover. The Department commends Professor Molotiu's valuable contribution to the field of art history with this publication.
From the McMullen Museum of Art:
American Alternative Comics, 1980–2000: “Raw,” “Weirdo,” and Beyond looks at a transitional time for artistic comics in America. In the 1980s and 1990s, cartoonists sought to enlarge the medium’s potential for artistry and self-expression. The influential magazine Raw promoted comics as ambitious, experimental art worthy of galleries and bookstores. The anthology Weirdo celebrated comics as an outsider form through self-disclosive and often self-critical narratives. A new marketplace and a new generation of publishers and alternative newspapers produced work for a growing readership.
Featuring original art, printed comics, and more, American Alternative Comics showcases over 120 works by forty artists, including Peter Bagge, Lynda Barry, Mark Beyer, Robert Crumb, Julie Doucet, Gilbert Hernandez, Jaime Hernandez, Keith Knight, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Françoise Mouly, Gary Panter, Art Spiegelman, Chris Ware, and Jim Woodring, among others, with loans from artists, private collectors, and The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum.