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Necromancers of the Public Domain: The Art of Aubrey Beardsley

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Each month, Theater of the Apes plucks a long forgotten volume from the shelves of the New York Society Library to resurrect as a One-Night-Only NYC variety show…

This month: The Art of Aubrey Beardsley
Introduction by Arthur Symons  (1918)

Like most artists who have thought much of popularity he had an immense contempt for the public; and the desire to kick that public into admiration, and then to kick it for admiring the wrong thing or not knowing why it was admiring, led him into many of his most outrageous practical jokes of the pen.

– From the book, 1918

Tyler Gunther (Medieval Comics / Dark Ages Deadly Wit)
Timothy McGown Reynolds (Blue-Beard / Le Lycanthrope)
Shelton Pritchard Lindsay (The Shallow B-Rate Spectacle / Story As Rite)
Pearl Rhein (The Bushwick Book Club / Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812)
Christian Roberson (Who Made the Potato Salad?)
Teresa Toro (The Bushwick Book Club)
and more to be announced!

Hosted by Queen of the Apes, Ayun Halliday (No Touch Monkey! / East Village Inky)

Behold the book in its entirety online.

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Later Event: October 8
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