HARRY HEUSER                              2018

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Now on view is my latest exhibition, Travelling Through: Landscapes/Landmarks/Legacies (School of Art, Aberystwyth University, 12 Oct. 2018 – 8 Feb. 2019).  It features paintings, photographs, prints, posters, and ceramics from the School’s collection.  As the title is meant to suggest, the exhibition explores relationships between tourism and landscape art, between the consumption of signposted sights and the production of personal insights, between the fleeting experience of our journeys and the carbon footprint we leave behind.

During part of its run, the show coincides with my undergraduate module “Looking into Landscape and, while open to the public, will generate seminar discussion and provide material for undergraduate research projects.

In September 2018, I discussed the uses of our collection and the potential of curating for teaching in the humanities in my talk “Histories in the Making: A Case for Curating,” at the 6th Annual Learning and Teaching Conference at Aberystwyth University.

On display at the School of Art Gallery and Museum at Aberystwyth University until 28 September 2018 was Sea Change, one of the shows I stage annually at the School with students of my undergraduate module “Curating an Exhibition.” Like last year’s Alternative Facts, this year’s exhibition explored the potentialities of a phrase (in this case, borrowed from Shakespeare’s Tempest) thematically to engage with and contextualise works (prints, paintings, photographs and ceramics) from the School of Art collection.

Previously on show (until 16 March 2018) at the School of Art was ’To hell with nature!’: A Reappraisal of Charles Tunnicliffe Prints. The exhibition charted the career of the prolific painter-printmaker Charles F. Tunnicliffe (19011979), a farmer’s son who earned a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Art in London and turned to commercial art and book illustration in response to the collapse of the print market.  Tunnicliffe is now widely regarded as Britain’s foremost twentieth-century wildlife artist.

In June 2017, Robert Meyrick and I produced a catalogue raisonné of Tunnicliffe’s prints.  It accompanies the exhibition Second Nature: The Art of Charles Tunnicliffe RA, which was on show at the Royal Academy of Arts in London until 8 October 2017.  Two years prior to that, I staged and toured the printmaking exhibition Unmaking the Modern: The Work of Stanley Anderson, which is now online.

On view (until 2 February 2018), also at the School of Art, was Recapturing ‘Mighty Joe Young: The Movie! The Memory!! The Make-believe!!! The exhibition showcased a unique album of photographs, drawings and storyboard paintings that documents and commemorates the production of the 1949 fantasy film Mighty Joe Young.  It was the first feature film project of the renowned special effects artist and stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen.  The album was on public display for the first time.

Beyond visual culture and its display and interpretation, I continue my studies in radio drama and narrative.  I am contributing a chapter to the anthology Audionarratology.  The essay discusses the US radio thriller serial I Love a Mystery in relation to the literary Gothic.  It is a continuation of my research on plays written for and airing on US network radio during the 1930s, ‘40s, and ‘50s, which I explored in my dissertation Etherized Victorians and in my study Immaterial Culture

In November 2018, I will deliver a paper on 1950s US network radio in relation to Modernism at the conference Tuning in to the Neo-Avant-Garde at Ghent University.

Future projects include a monograph on painter-printmaker Harry Morley, co-authored with Robert Meyrick, and a book and exhibition of queer and surrealist photographs by Angus McBean, of which the School of Art, Aberystwyth University, holds a sizable collection.

Current and recent projects

Born and raised in Germany, educated in New York City (BA, MA, PhD), Harry Heuser is a writer, curator and educator.  He currently lives in Wales.

Featured on this site are samples of Heuser’s academic writings on literature, drama and film, images from his collections of film and radio memorabilia, as well as podcasts about the subject of his doctoral study on American radio culture of the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s, which continues to be the stuff of broadcastellan, an online journal of now largely unpopular culture.

US radio plays as a neglected field of drama and literature is also the subject of Harry Heuser’s book Immaterial Culture: Literature, Drama and the American Radio Play, 1929--1954.

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