Post-World War II Art Exhibit Features Nearly 70 Artists
Date Published: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016
If you haven’t yet had a chance to stop by the newest exhibit to see Andy Warhol’s
Marilyn Monroe or Roy Lichtenstein’s awe-inspiring pop art in the Beatrice M. Haggerty
Gallery, “Poets, Painters, and Paper: Post-World War II Art Exhibit” is ending this
Saturday, Dec. 17, but not before a closing reception today, Thursday, Dec. 15, from
5:30 to 8 p.m., featuring presentations by the exhibit’s curators from the Wichita
Falls Museum of Art (WFMA) at Midwestern State University.
Co-curated by Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Danny Bills and Assistant Professor
of English Todd Giles, Ph.D., the exhibition features an array of Post-World War II
American prints and poetry broadsides from various artists throughout the printmaking
renaissance of the 60s and 70s. “Poets, Painters, and Paper” explores the cross-fertilization
of the visual and literary arts made possible by the printmaking renaissance, fostered
by studios and workshops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley and New York City.
What originated in Ireland as a economic way for writers to publish poetry, broadsides
prints allowed for artists and poets to collaborate on visual effects. “There’s a
lot of interdisciplinary work at play here,” said Interim Curator at the Haggerty
Gallery Christina Haley.
“Poets, Painters, and Paper” puts together close to 70 different artists, showing
the evolution of printmaking — and the entire exhibit was put together by a group
of graduate art students, Courtney Googe, Calli Nissen, Tony Veronese, Joseph Guzman
and Matthew Jones, and one gallery student worker Raphael Cavanna. Students learned
what it takes to put on a professional exhibit and handle valuable, priceless works
of art. They were also responsible for arranging and designing the exhibit, maintaining
adequate humidity levels in the gallery and setting up special lighting so the artwork
“There’s a lof of creative stuff going on behind the bushes in the Art Village,” said
After seeing Warne Thiebaud’s linocut art work, Gumball Machine, as she was helping
arrange the exhibit, Googe “fell in love” with the work for its use of color and pattern,
after studying the printmaking renaissance period in her art history classes. Work
like this, she said, inspires her own printmaking.
“I can’t believe I can walk five minutes and see this level of work, it’s like being
at the Chicago Institute,” said English major Joseph Flynn, BA ’17, who visited the
exhibit at the beginning of December.