Saturday, April 6, 2019

2019 Edward Gorey House Exhibition

Next week begins a cavalcade of events at The Edward Gorey House with the opening of the 2019 exhibition entitled Hippity Wippity, Edward Gorey and the Language of Nonsense. The Cape Cod Times published an article about the show and upcoming events at the House -

Thursday, March 28, 2019

A Winter's Project

What to do when the weather turns cold and the evenings get dark early? How about a Gorey-themed art project? A visit to the Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis last fall was the inspiration for these Edward Gorey Nesting Dolls. The museum had an exhibition of nesting dolls that included a video of the people hand painting the figures/dolls. After viewing the exhibit and purchasing a set of blank wooden dolls, I was looking for inspiration for the subject of my set. Naturally, Edward Gorey provided not only the inspiration, but also the subject matter.

I wanted to use iconic Gorey characters that were size appropriate for the five dolls. Beginning with the largest doll (4.25" tall), I chose Edward Gorey himself in one of his classic fur coats. A "Gorey Cat" lounges behind him in the grass. Appropriately, the Gorey Doll opens to reveal more characters.

The second doll shows The Doubtful Guest with his billowing scarf. The back of this doll has a small frog resting pensively. The Doubtful Guest opens to reveal a Gorey Cat with a Twisby on the reverse.

For the final two dolls, Figbash has wrapped itself around the next. Figbash opens to reveal the tiny (1" tall) Black Doll. It was interesting to cross hatch on a three dimensional surface, and most difficult to remember where I could touch the pieces so I would not smudge the paint and ink. The final set is a one of a kind homage to Mr. Gorey.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Mark Dery Lecture

Mark Dery, author of Born To Be Posthumous, has been giving presentations about Edward Gorey in various locals. If you are unable to attend Mr. Dery in person, you can sit in on the lecture he gave at The Harry Ransom Center this week HERE.

Monday, March 4, 2019

The Doubtful Guest Inspires Music

On Sunday April 14, the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra will premier a new work inspired by Edward Gorey's timeless book The Doubtful Guest. The Doubtful Guest has been created by composer in residence Francis Snyder. A talk with the composer, conductor Matt Scinto, and Edward Gorey House Curator Gregory Hischak will take place before the concert.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

2019 Edward Gorey House Exhibition

Take the furs out of cold storage, strap on your wooden leg, gas up the Pierce Arrow motor car, and get ready to head to the Edward Gorey House on Thursday April 11th for the opening of the 2019 exhibition Hippity Wippity (Edward Gorey and the Language of Nonsense). Rhyming dictionaries will undoubtedly need revisions once this exhibit opens.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Happy Birthday Edward Gorey!

The Birthday Boy is Edward Gorey,
who would have turned 94 today!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Don Giovanni Program

Did Edward Gorey ever sleep? After more than 40 years of actively searching for pieces created by Mr. Gorey it is still possible to run across an unfamiliar item with alarming frequency. This wonderful theatrical program, designed by Mr. Gorey to accompany a production of Don Giovanni in 1980 is such an item.

In 2016, Swann Auction Galleries sold a number of original set and costume designs by Edward Gorey from the production of Don Giovanni ( Mounted by the Monadnock, New Hampshire Music Festival, the Mozart opera was directed by Peter Sellers. The program for the two night only production has a striking cover design by Mr. Gorey. A rose, which is opening to reveal a skull inside it, is surrounded by the title and dancing flames. Given the brevity of the performance run, these programs are understandably quite rare.