Prof. Marah Gubar Wrote Catalogue Essay for the Duane Michels Exhibit Coming to the PEM

Published on: September 22, 2014

Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals, a major retrospective that opens in Pittsburgh in November 2014 before traveling to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts from March 14-June 21, 2015. For the Catalogue of the exhibit, Prof. Gubar  wrote about Michals’s photos of or related to children & children’s literature in “Unsettling Sentimentality: Scrapbooks, Children’s Books, and the Assembled Narratives of Duane Michals.”


Upside Down, Inside Out, and Backwards by Duane Michals

Prof. Gubar writes: “…Michals’s Upside Down, Inside Out, and Backwards, which consists of a hodgepodge of freestanding stories and poems (some handwritten, some printed) accompanied by equally heterogeneous pictures (photographs, drawings, and mixed-media collages). In a section that sits squarely in the center of this miscellaneous collection, Michals offers up an homage to Dodgson and Lear that begins with a double-page spread featuring a poem that mimics the tail-like typographic pattern of the Mouse’s tale from Alice, followed by a Lear-esque limerick.”