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Gallery Sessions: Daniel Clowes

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Daniel Clowes signature comic book series Eightball originated several of the cartoonists most renowned comicsincluding Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, Ghost World, Ice Haven, and The Death-Rayto offer a powerful and humorous critique of American culture. In this Gallery Sessions, Clowes presents his personal collection of Popsies, on display in What is an edition, anyway?, as examples of editions that have influenced his creative practice.

Mass-produced in Japan in the 1960s and 1970s and distributed in the United States, the small, sculptural greetingswith spring-loaded messages in the characters headsare as grotesque and bizarre as any in Clowes pantheon of misfits. In a 2006 interview in The New York Times, Clowes characterized the Popsies as having some kind of distorted screwed-up anger, some post-atomic angst that got blunted over the years, like the artist was trying his best to be cute, but underneath something crawls out thats inappropriate and angry and truthful in some way.

MFAs free Gallery Sessions invite artists and curators to explore and contemplate their works on view with visitors in an intimate setting.

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MFA is located at 1150 25th Street, Building B in San Franciscos Dogpatch neighborhood. Enter the gated parking lot on 25th at the corner of Minnesota Street and continue to the Building B entrance at the end of the lot. We are nestled between two neighbor galleries Adrian Rosenfeld and Altman Siegel. MFA is a short walk from the T/Third Street Muni light rail line, the #48 and #22 Muni bus lines, and the 22nd Street CalTrain Station. Limited parking is available on the street and adjoining lot, and a paid lot is available at 901 Illinois Street. A bike rack is also available in the 1150 25th Street lot. For more information, visit mcevoyarts.org/visit.
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