First Friday December: Beyond Words, plus Music!


Beyond Words: Visual Narratives from the Block Book to the Graphic Novel will again be on view at M-AAA headquarters, along with live music from The Kemps

Back by popular demand, M-AAA is pleased to present Beyond Words for First Friday December 2. From 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., the exhibition will be on view in M-AAA’s Culture Lab, and live music by Kansas City local band The Kemps will be downstairs in the Convening Space.

Beyond Words reminds us that the history of sequential narrative begins not with the comic book, but with the history of art itself. In the Middle Ages, early book printers used carved wood blocks as stamps, and advances in printing from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries made books more widely available. Comics then appeared for the first time in newspapers in the late nineteenth century, and comic books did not take off until the introduction of Superman in the late 1930s. Rather than presenting an evolutionary history of visual storytelling, the works selected for this exhibition allow us to situate woodcuts, engravings, comic strips, and graphic novels in a long tradition of word- and image-making, to consider the roles of image and narrative in our cultures, and to examine storytelling techniques in different media.

Join us!
Mid-America Arts Alliance
2018 Baltimore in KCMO
Friday, Dec 2
6–8:00 p.m.