Kim A Munson (MA SFSU) is an art historian, author, artist, and curator living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her upcoming book Comic Art in Museums will be published by University Press of Mississippi in 2020. Under Neurotic Raven, she has published two exhibition catalogs Dual Views: Labor Landmarks of San Francisco (Blurb) & On Reflection: The Art of Margaret Harrison (Ingram/Amazon). She often contributes essays on comic art, museum exhibitions, labor emblems, and other topics to books, academic journals, and on-line publications.
Kim’s Books above: Proposed Will Eisner cover for Comic Art in Museums (University Press of Mississippi.); On Reflection: The Art of Margaret Harrison featuring Harrison’s prize-winning painting “The Last Gaze;” and Dual Views: Labor Landmarks of San Francisco, with a gallery photo by Tom Griscom.
CSS Round table on the Art of R. Crumb
This July after SDCC, I was in Toronto at the Comics Studies Society conference, presenting as part of a round table of contributors to the upcoming UPM book The Comics of R. Crumb: Underground in the Art Museum, which includes my essay “Viewing Crumb: Circles of Influence in the Art Museum.” Other presenters were Daniel Worden (Editor), Lynn Marie Kutch, Jason S Polley, and Ian Blechschmidt.
Celebration of Archives!
The treasure hunt of primary source research is one of the joys of the type of historical writing I do. Here I am at the AIGA archives uncovering details about the important 1942 exhibit The Comic Strip: Its Ancient and Honorable Linage and Present Significance, organized for the AIGA by Jessie Gillespie Willing, a female magazine illustrator. Some historians might recognize this show from an lengthy essay written about it by M.C. Gaines for Print Magazine.
Upcoming Events 2019/2020
Jul 2019 - San Diego Comic Con
Jul 2019 - Comic Studies Society Conference, Toronto. Round table featuring contributors to the UPM book The Comics of R. Crumb: Underground in the Art Museum. My chapter is “Viewing Crumb: Circles of Influence in Art Museums.”
April 2020 - Woman Cartoonists exhibition. Society of Illustrators, New York (with Trina Robbins).
Spring 2020 - Publication of Comic Art in Museums, University Press of Mississippi.
Comics as Art Criticism: the Cartoons of Jonah Kinigstein
For my upcoming book Comic Art in Museums, Columbia’s Karen Green and I collaborated on an essay about Kinigstein’s burning satire of the New York art world and a show of his cartoons at the Society of Illustrators in New York. In March, I presented this topic at the Popular Culture Association’s national convention in Washington DC. I also led a round table on comics censorship with law professor Marc H. Greenberg and comics pioneer John A. Lent.
in 2018, I was a volunteer art guide for this moving and beautiful show of hand made rugs based on designs by 36 contemporary artists from 21 countries about the notion of sanctuary and what it meant to them. Every visitor I spoke with thought that this show and the setting was inspirational. Find out more about the For-Site Foundation’s public art projects here https://www.for-site.org/.
In conjunction with MoCCA Fest, in April 2020 Trina Robbins and I will be co-curating an exhibition of the art of women cartoonists in the main gallery of the Society of Illustrators in New York, featuring Trina’s amazing collection of women artists from the 1890’s to about 1970. I will be organizing a selection of contemporary artists, including Mary Fleener, Carol Tyler, and Fiona Smythe. It’s still forming! More to come.