A spoiler first. At 10:04 in Back to the Future, lightning strikes the courthouse clock so it is only at this time that Marty can return to 1985. That’s the time to which the title refers. I know it was killing you.
A little while ago, I wrote a piece for The Rumpus about a recently republished book about the life of Jean Michel Basquiat. The timing of the book’s re-release coincided with a major exhibition of the artist’s works at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. That exhibition opened to the public today, rung in with a kick-off party on Thursday, headlined by Grandmaster Flash. The city’s been waiting for this event like a shy teenager waits for prom after the most popular boy in school asks her. And we weren’t disappointed.
Last week I had the pleasure of hearing Art Spiegelman chat about comic arts and free speech responsibilities, live at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto. He’s in town alongside the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)’s retrospective of his work, CO-MIX. That exhibition has been making the rounds, I remember just missing it when I was in Vancouver last year, and it brings to life much of what is in Spiegelman’s book Co-Mix: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps.
Happy Monday Red Brick Readers. Weekends, when I’m not hunched over a keyboard spouting witticisms at you people, I’m usually out looking for fabulous things for you all to do in the scant time you’re not spending reading.