The Last Flower...Seen as a Whole, at Last 
All the original drawings and handwritten-text pages of The Last Flower, created by Thurber in two hours one evening in 1939, Tis currently on exhibit at the Columbus Metropolitan Library. This anti-war short story deals with themes of war, peace, love, and resilience. This short parable was originally published two months after World War II officially began, and remains a sadly poignant wish for a still embattled world. 
The Carnegie Gallery is located on the second floor of the Main Library at 96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215. 
November 1, 2019 - January 3, 2020
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday - Saturday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
November, 2019: Tracey Ullman includes Thurber's classic tale of Muggs, "the dog that bit people," in her new anthology, On Dogs. 
Tracey Ullman Includes "The Dog That Bit People" in Her Anthology ON DOGS

Thurber's classic story from My Life and Hard Times, "The Dog That Bit People," is featured in a new anthology edited by Tracey Ullman, On Dogs (Notting Hill Editions).  


The Largest Exhibit of Thurber's Drawings on the Columbus Museum of Art 
24 August 2019 – 15 March 2020  / A Mile and a Half of Lines: The Art of James Thurber, on exhibit at the Columbus Museum of Art  
Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) is proud to announce A Mile and a Half of Lines: The Art of James Thurber, on view August 24, 2019 through March 15, 2020. Celebrating the 125th anniversary of James Thurber’s birth, A Mile and a Half of Lines showcases the drawings of James Thurber, Columbus’s native son and one ofAmerica’s best-known twentieth-century writers. The exhibition is organized by the Columbus Museum of Art with Curator-at-Large Carole Genshaft and Guest Curator Michael J. Rosen and is part of the Year of Thurber, a year-long, community wide celebration honoring Thurber's 125th birthday and the 35th anniversary of Thurber House. 
Thurber’s depictions changed the nature of cartooning. His process of drawing his illustrations spontaneously with child-like abandon was an innovation to his field. For him, the drawing often came first before the caption.
“With one-line captions and drawings of few lines, James Thurber changed the character of cartooning in America,” said Guest Curator Michael Rosen. “It’s easily argued that he was the first to introduce a spontaneous, unstudied line into America art. This is the first exhibition to assemble inimitable, pre-intentional drawings by the humorist most mentioned with Mark Twain in the canon of humor.”
A Mile and a Half of Lines will include Thurber’s work for The New Yorker, his illustrations for his own and others’ books, ad campaigns, and children’s illustrations. After a childhood accident in which he lost sight in one eye, the eyesight in his other eye deteriorated as well and the exhibition includes examples of his later work and the magnifying gadget that allowed him to continue working. Sections of the exhibition will include topical drawings depicting: Signs of the Times (Prohibition, the Great Depression, and the Lost Generation); The Bestiary in Me (the animal kingdom); and Columbustown (including OSU football).
Michael J. Rosen serves as guest curator of A Mile and a Half of Lines and has also written a book that accompanies the exhibition. Rosen is a writer, illustrator, and an editor who has collaborated with the Thurber Estate and written about the works of James Thurber for almost forty years. He was the founding literary director of the Thurber House and has edited six volumes of Thurber’s work.
Other Presentations in the Coming Months 
 Monday 9 September 2019 “James Thurber: Fabulist for Our Time,”  New York Public Library, Grand Central Branch, 6 pm. 
Tuesday 10 September 2019 “James Thurber: Fabulist for Our Time,”  New York Public Library, Mulberry Street Branch, 5:30 pm.
Wednesday 11 September 2019 “James Thurber: Fabulist for Our Time,”  New York Public Library, St. Agnes Branch, 5:30 pm.
Thursday 12 September 2019 “Forty Years in James Thurber’s Footprints,” Aldus Society, meeting the Upper Arlington Public Library, Tremont Road, 7 pm. 
Friday 25 October  TO BE RESCHEDULED / The Society of Illustrators, A Thurber Evening with New Yorker cartoonists Danny Shanahan, Liza Donnelly, Michael Maslin, and editor Michael J. Rosen. For tickets or more information. 
Saturday 9 November 2019  opening reception for the exhibit of The Last Flower: The complete illustrations on exhibit in the Carnegie Gallery  of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S. Grant Street, Columbus, 2  pm - 4 pm. The exhibit runs 1 November – 3 January 2020. 
Monday 18 November Bexley Public Library, 2411 East Main St., Columbus.  "The Year of Thurber," 7 pm - 8:30 pm. 
Exhibit and Sale of Artwork at the Keny Gallery 
December 13th  through January 10th, the Keny Gallery in Columbus will be mounting an exhibit of original Thurber drawings from the Thurber Estate. Details about the opening forthcoming. 
Keny Galleries
300 East Beck Street
Columbus, Ohio 43206

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