Kirby, Eternally – from Ragnarök to Rebirth in NYC!

Kirby, Eternally - a new Jack Kirby Museum Pop-Up in NYC. 11-16 November

It’s impending! It’s happening! It’s on its way! You know… The End! Existential Doom! The cosmic gods have arrived and they’re judging Earth’s very existence! Not only that, the gods are having some serious troubles of their own, too, see? And well, here comes the apocalypse… ragnarök… Wait… what’s this? It’s not the END end? It’s just another cycle? And now there’s a… rebirth?

Next week the Jack Kirby Museum & Research Center welcomes you to Kirby, Eternally, from Ragnarök to Rebirth our almost week-long event in downtown Manhattan! We’ll present, exhibit, and talk about how Jack Kirby, one of the most influential creators of the twentieth century used gods and mythological apocalypse and rebirth in his stories.

We’ll be showcasing Kirby’s work on Eternals, Thor, New Gods, Fantastic Four, and more. Join us at One Art Space, 23 Warren Street in Manhattan’s TriBeCa neighborhood from November 11th through the 16th, to see some Jack Kirby original art, enjoy some large prints of his mind-blowing printed work, take a look at some of his comics, experience a random, unscheduled reading of his work, wear some Kirby-inspired headgear, attend some ticketed, live-streamed events and more!

PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS

Thursday, Nov. 11

Noon: Gallery opens

2:00 pmKirby at War Screening (free ticketed event) 

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Since we’re opening on Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11th, our first ticketed event at 2pm will consist of showing our friends Marc Azema and Jean Depelley’s documentary Kirby at War. After his upbringing in NYC’s dog-eat-dog Lower East Side ghetto, Kirby’s harrowing experiences in Europe in World War II continued to inform his life and work. With great respect and humility, we’re honored to be able to acknowledge this time in his life, and how it affected his continuing use of the themes we’re presenting.

6:00 – 8:00 pm – Opening reception (free ticketed event) 

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Our ticketed opening will feature an open discussion with curators Rand Hoppe and Tom Kraft. Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, Nov. 12

3:00 pmLord of Light with Barry Geller and Mike Royer (free ticketed event) 

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Producer and art director Barry Geller and inker/letterer extraordinaire Mike Royer join us for a livestreamed virtual event! Kirby’s Lord of Light works are some of his most inspired mythological visuals, and we’re thrilled to be able to talk about it with Barry and Mike.

Satuday, Nov. 13

2:00 pm – Jacked Kirby Live Recording With Special Guests (ticketed event) 

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The Jacked Kirby podcast hosted by Tommy Lombardozzi and Mike D joins us for a live recording! Their special guest will be Olympians author and illustrator George O’Connor! It’ll be a brain-blast!

What: Kirby, Eternally, from Ragnarök to Rebirth

When: Thursday, November 11th through Tuesday, November 16th
Thurs., Nov. 11th – Gallery opens at Noon
Thurs., Nov. 11th – Exclusive Ticketed Screening from 2pm – 3:30pm (see above!)
Thurs., Nov. 11th – Exclusive Ticketed Opening Reception from 6pm – closing (see above!)
Fri., Nov. 12th – Gallery opens at Noon
Fri., Nov. 12th – Exclusive Ticketed Hybrid Livestream from 6pm – closing (see above!)
Sat., Nov. 13th – Gallery opens at Noon
Sat., Nov. 13th – Exclusive Ticketed Podcast event from 2pm-3:30pm (see above!)
Sat., Nov. 13th – Gallery closes at 7pm
Sun., Nov. 14th – Gallery open from Noon-5pm
Mon., Nov. 15th & Tues., Nov. 16th Gallery open from Noon – 7pm

Where: One Art Space, 23 Warren Street, New York, NY

Who: Your friends, the Jack Kirby Museum & Research Center

NOTICE: In accordance with New York City mandate, all visitors age 12 and older must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and must provide proof of vaccination with another form of identification in order to enter into One Art Space. Masks must be worn inside the gallery at all times for all visitors over the age of two.

Take “A Jack Kirby Odyssey” in NYC May 11-13!

The Jack Kirby Museum is proud to announce our first pop-up event of 2018. A Jack Kirby Odyssey will celebrate the King of Comics’ visionary work adapting and expanding on Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi classic, 2001: A Space Odyssey. The Kirby Museum’s A Jack Kirby Odyssey will take place at One Art Space, located at 23 Warren Street in New York City, from May 11 through May 13.

Just in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Kubrick’s cinematic masterpiece, the Jack Kirby Museum will present an oversized reproduction Kirby’s adaptation of the movie, compilations of the photocopies of Kirby’s pencil art for his subsequent stories, which have never been reprinted, as well as dramatic, multimedia performances of three of these stories.

“Jack Kirby’s 2001: A Space Odyssey comics were pure Kosmic Kirby at the top of his craft, expanding on the 2001 story in ways not even masters like Kubrick or Clarke could have imagined,” says Kirby Museum Acting Director, Rand Hoppe. “We can’t wait for fans to have their minds blown by the stories AND the visuals.”

“The comics on display for A Jack Kirby Odyssey were painstakingly reproduced from the photocopies of Kirby’s pencil art,” adds Kirby Museum President, Tom Kraft. “The oversized comics at our Kirby 100 birthday celebration at One Art Space were big hits. We expect people will love seeing Kirby’s cosmic pencil art at large size, too.”

More programming will be announced shortly. For ongoing updates, check kirbymuseum.org, follow @JackKirbyMuseum on Twitter, and like facebook.com/KirbyMuseum.

Veterans Day – Comics: Combatives starts!

Today is Veterans Day and the opening of the Jack Kirby Museum’s 3 week popup event, Comics Combatives: Stories Told By Jack Kirby Pfc. in NYC. There are events planned each week, check back here for more information. We’re looking forward to meeting all visitors!

Thanks to the support of Tom Scioli and Jean Depelley, we are proud to have published a new edition of their “2/12 Days In Hell: A Private Kirby Adventure” mini-comic. Available for the next three weeks at 103 Allen Street.

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The Apocalypse begins!

jack-kirby-new3-2.5xComic Book Apocalypse – a three month long exhibit of Jack Kirby’s work – opens today, 24 August 2015, in the Main Gallery at California State University at Northridge. Curated by professor Charles Hatfield, author of Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby, and a member of the Jack Kirby Museum’s newly minted Advisory Board, the show is the largest exhibit of Kirby work to date in the United States.

Comic Book Apocalypse contains over 100 pages of original Jack Kirby art – mostly later DC work (Kamandi, New Gods, Forever People, and Demon), but there will be examples of Kirby’s Marvel and Golden Age 40s and 50s works, too. One room will be devoted to the original art for the complete Kamandi, The Last Boy on Earth #14 story, “Winner Take All!” with ink and lettering art by Mike Royer. The Kirby Museum provided three interactive iPad displays containing items from our digital archive that will be displayed throughout the exhibit, as well as other items and support.

There is a public reception on Saturday, 29 August 29 from 7-9pm, a gallery talk at 10am on August 31st and a panel discussion at 1pm on September 26th.

Jack Kirby, le super-créateur

EXPO_JACK_KIRBY_CV1_4eMonde-01-(c)-Originally-published-by-Urban-Comics-for-France-under-DC-Comics-licensee.-(c)--2012-DC-COMICS.-All-Rights-ReservedThe Jack Kirby Museum is proud to have participated in a new exhibit “Jack Kirby, le super-créateur” that is being shown at the 42nd Festival de la Bande Dessinée in Angoulême, France. Sponsored by 9eArt+ and Urban Comics, curators Frédéric Manzano and Jean Depelley have pulled together a wonderful selection of Kirby work, which includes almost 100 images from the Kirby Museum’s Original Art Digital Archive.

To celebrate this outstanding exhibit, the Kirby Museum’s Tom Kraft and Rand Hoppe will attend the festival. We understand there is going to be a Jack Kirby panel discussion. More news as it it comes in.

Offering heartfelt thanks to supporters of Prototype: Alpha

Prototype: Alpha was a great success. From Monday night’s opening event through our closing on Sunday night, we had at least one thousand visitors who couldn’t get enough of Jack Kirby, his story and his art. During the last few days we could barely keep up with the foot traffic. I’d like to take a moment to thank the people who helped us.

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First and foremost is Eric Ho, the Made In The Lower East Side team, and the 306 backers of miLES’ Storefront Transformer Kickstarter campaign. We wouldn’t have had a place to set up without them!

Tom Kraft provided incredible printouts for display, was a great collaborator on the design and implementation of the installation, made the trip from Boston for two long weekends, shot photos and videos, tweeted, and the list goes on. Thanks, Tom!

Mike Cecchini provided significant support by helping to man the pop-up every day.

Lisa Rigoux-Hoppe helped significantly with the opening event, and manned the pop-up during the weekend.

Arlen Schumer for his wonderful “Ya’akov Kurtzberg – King of Comics” presentation that over-filled the house on Tuesday night, as well his donation of publications to our bookstore.

Pete Friedrich for discussing his “Lower East Side Story” comic series and sharing a portion of sales Thursday night

James Romberger for sharing his thoughts about Jack Kirby on Sunday night.

Special thanks to those who generously donated books and magazines to our bookstore:

We couldn’t have offered such a compelling display of Jack Kirby work without the help of those who allowed us to scan their pieces for our Original Art Digital Archive project.

Other incredibly helpful people include Crosby Romberger, Lisa Kirby, Richard Kyle, Mark Evanier, Lois Dilivio, Glenda Hoppe, Ellen Karl, and Delancey the cat.

Don’t Ask! Just Visit! Prototype: Alpha in NYC November 4th-10th

Yes! It’s happening! Made in the Lower East Side‘s Storefront Transformer Kickstarter Campaign was successfully funded, and the Kirby Museum will exist at 178 Yancy Delancey Street for a week very soon! As it looks now, our hours will be daily from noon till 7pm.

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As of this writing we’ve got these events scheduled:

  • Opening Night Celebration! with a brief presentation by Rand Hoppe – Monday, November 4th @ 7pm
  • “Ya’akov Kurtzberg, King of Comics” by Arlen Schumer – a presentation by Arlen Schumer – Tuesday, November 5th @ 7pm
  • A conversation with James Romberger – Sunday, November 10th @ 5pm

With more in the works! Details about these and our exhibits to follow.


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