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Blending Comic Books and Art History: Acclaimed Artist Trenton Doyle Hancock to Deliver Lecture at Tang Museum

Installation view, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Mind of the Mound: Critical Mass, MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts, 2019. Photo by Tony Luong. Image courtesy the artist and James Cohan, New York. Installation view, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Mind of the Mound: Critical Mass, MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts, 2019. Photo by Tony Luong. Image courtesy the artist and James Cohan, New York.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College announces the sixth-annual Winter/Miller Lecture will be delivered by acclaimed multidisciplinary artist Trenton Doyle Hancock.

The in-person event is free and open to the public and is slated to take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 30.

Hancock has been revered as an innovative world-builder, developing his own fantastical narrative for almost two decades. Hancock’s prolific artistic output is part autobiographical and part fictional, often centering on current events to drive his ongoing narrative. In Hancock’s world, the character Torpedo Boy functions as the artists’ alter ego who protects the benevolent Mounds from the wrath of the Vegans of the underworld. 

Hancock first achieved national prominence when, in 2000, he was one of the youngest artists included in the Whitney Biennial Exhibition. Since then, he has had numerous solo exhibitions. The artist grew up in Paris, Texas, and lives and works in Houston. 

While comic artists such as R. Crumb are identifiable references in Hancock’s work, his influences range from throughout art history. This includes work by the sixteenth-century’s Hieronymus Bosch, as well as twentieth-century figures like the Surrealist Max Ernst, the outsider artist Henry Darger, and Philip Guston, who is known for using cartoonish figures in his drawings and paintings.

Previous Winter/Miller Lectures were delivered by Nicole Eisenman, 2018; Chris Ware, 2019; Wangechi Mutu, 2020; Nick Cave, 2021; and Juliana Huxtable, 2022.

The Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College reopens Saturday, Jan. 14, with regular hours, which are Thursdays noon to 9 p.m., and Friday through Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m. More information at http://tang.skidmore.edu.

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