Society of Illustrators Mounts Exhibition on John Lewis’s ‘March’ Trilogy

The Society of Illustrators plans to mount The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece, a landmark exhibition of the comics art of Nate Powell used to depict the story of Congressman John Lewis’s historic graphic memoir of the Civil Rights Movement.

The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece will be held February 28-June 30 at the Society of Illustrators gallery on W. 63rd street in Manhattan. A reception for the show will be held on March 1.

The exhibition will feature more than 150 pieces of original art by Nate Powell in addition to interactive content.  The exhibition will also include exhibition essays by Jonathan W. Gray, associate professor of English at John Jay College, author of Civil Rights in the White Literary Imagination: Innocence by Association.

In addition, Powell and March cowriter Andrew Aydin, will be guests of honor at the MoCCA Arts Festival, an annual festival of independent and small press comics publishing organized by SoI and held April 7-8.

The Society of Illustrators also plans a schedule of lectures, panels, tours and workshops for students, teachers, and the general public. More info about this programming will be announced at a later date.

Cowritten by Andrew Aydin, who is also the digital director and advisor to Rep. Lewis, the March Trilogy is the story of Rep. John Lewis’s life and chronicles the full sweep of the Civil Rights Movement and the decades long fight for equal justice for African Americans. Besides becoming a bestselling work of nonfiction, volume three of March is the first graphic novel to be awarded a National Book Award and volume two won an Eisner Award.



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