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Scribing Reality:

A Survey of Reportage Works by Molly Crabapple

Curated By Beth Giacummo
Essay By Sasha Giordano

February 9, 2018 - April 9, 2018

Image showcasing a work of art by Molly CrabappleThe Farmingdale State College Memorial Gallery is pleased to announce Scribing Reality: A Survey of Reportage Works by Molly Crabapple, curated by Beth Giacummo (Memorial Gallery Director), with a special essay written by Sasha Giordano (Adjunct Professor). This exhibition will be on view in the Memorial Gallery at Hale Hall February 9, 2018 - April 9, 2018. A lecture with the artist will be held on February 13, from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM in Gleeson Room 104. On the evening of February 13, a special reception and book signing will be held from 5:00 7:00 PM at the Memorial Gallery in Hale Hall.

Scribing Reality: A Survey of Reportage Works by Molly Crabapple is a response to current events. Each topic is communicated through her art and becomes a tour of current events. In image after image the viewer is engulfed into scenes of war, crisis, politics and natural disasters. Her varied topics include: her time in Iraq and Syria, a societal response to the US presidential campaign and election, the refugee crisis, and her time spent in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

Her art exists as a kind of pictorial guide to the modern world, absent of URL links but filled with DNA. One can read a news report, but to see a hand drawn picture allows the viewer to synthesize the information. The viewer is instantly in sync with the story being told. Her drawings and paintings are the complete opposite of the visual culture that we are exposed to every day. They are not the polished, glossy pictures we look at daily, but those that are embedded in experience. There is no looking away from her art, no falsifying who and what it represents. This artwork is the news. It's what will be the history of our time. She is scribing reality. - Sasha Giordano


Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer living in New York. Brothers of the Gun, her illustrated collaboration with Syrian war journalist Marwan Hisham, will be published by Random House in 2018. Her work has been described as "God's own circus posters," by Rolling Stone, but beneath the lavishly detailed surface, it engages injustice and rebellion.

Because of Molly's 2013 solo exhibition, Shell Game, a series of large-scale paintings about the revolutions of 2011, she was called "an emblem of the way that art could break out of the gilded gallery" by The New Republic. In 2015, Molly Crabapple was awarded the Yale Poynter Fellowship, and received a Front Page Award for her art of rebel-held Aleppo. Her art also earned her a 2014 Gold Rush Award, and she was shortlisted for a 2013 Frontline Print Journalism Award for her internationally acclaimed reportage on Guantanamo Bay. Molly is a contributing editor for VICE and has written for The New York Times, The Paris Review, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, CNN and Newsweek. Her published books include the memoir Drawing Blood (Harper Collins. 2015) Brothers of the Gun, her illustrated collaboration with Syrian war journalist Marwan Hisham, will be published by Random House in Spring 2018.

Molly has been called "equal parts Hieronymus Bosch, William S. Burroughs and Cirque du Soleil," by The Guardian; "THE artist of our time" by comedian Margaret Cho, and "a brilliant and principled artist" by BoingBoing.

Molly is the illustrator of Matt Taibbi's New York Times bestseller, The Divide. Her past speaking engagements include: The Museum of Modern Art, The London School of Economics, and Harvard and Columbia Universities. Her works are held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Barjeel Foundation, and The New York Historical Society.


Memorial Gallery

The Memorial Gallery's mission is to serve as a vital teaching instrument and visual resource that enriches campus cultural life as well as that of the surrounding community. This is to be accomplished through the exhibition of imagery related to the communication arts, which represent a wide range of media, cultures, and time periods.

The Memorial Gallery is located in Hale Hall, on the campus of Farmingdale State College – State University of New York – 2350 Broadhollow Road (Route. 110).
Gallery hours: Monday through Friday from 9:00AM–4:00PM. Admission is free and the gallery is accessible to persons with mobility impairments. Please call in advance of your trip.

For additional information, please call 934-420-2181.