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Bend it Like Beckhoff: Exploring the Career of Harry Beckhoff

Friday, May 31

Olin Library, Level 1, Julian Edison Department of Special Collections Reading Room
Olin Library, Brookings Dr, St. Louis, MO

The Bend it Like Beckhoff exhibition explores the work of Harry Beckhoff. Beckhoff nearly became an accountant instead of an illustrator after being told in high school that he “had no particular flair for humorous drawing.”

Yet Beckhoff’s drawings for Collier’s, published in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, demonstrate a sly wit. Beckhoff was known for his expressive character silhouettes, which he used to punctuate the action and drama of a story.

The materials on display are from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive and feature tear sheets and original works of art. The Walt Reed Illustration Archive holds over 250,000 magazine tear sheets, thousands of periodicals, and over 100 pieces of original art created for commercial illustration. The Walt Reed Illustration Archive is part of the Dowd Illustration Research Archive

The Bend it Like Beckhoff exhibition was curated by MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture student Jeffery Johnson.

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Arts & Culture, Humanities & Society, Campus & Community



University Libraries
Event Contact

Andrea Degener | andread@wustl.edu

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