Drowned in the Lake
Not that LA doesn't have a very fair share of excellent art-related events, but LAist is cheating a bit and covering a special exhibit being held in San Diego. The largest collection of the work of Edward Gorey, illustrator extraordinaire, is currently on display at San Diego State University. "From Prodigy to Polymath: The Singular Journey of Edward Gorey," originally scheduled to end May 31st, has been extended to August 6th because of its popularity. "Not since Phantasmagorey, Clifford Ross's exhibition at Yale in 1974 has there been such a rich collection of significant artwork, manuscripts, sketches, notebooks, and ephemera."
There is a nice piece in the LA Times Calendar section about the show, chronicling Gorey's career, the collector and the collection itself: "Like the great Oulipian writers, he chose the form and quickly challenged himself with its subversion. In "The Glorious Nosebleed," he proved that a verb without a modifier is not worth predicating, and in a postcard to Brown, he offered a little advice: 'Always be circumspect. Disdain explanation. Forget grandiose hopes. Invoke justice. Keep little. Make no orations. Pursue quietude. Repent. Stifle tears. Undergo vexation. Extend your zeal.'"
Directions to SDSU can be found here.