HARRY HEUSER                              2019

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I am currently working with a group of undergraduate students of my curating module at the School of Art, Aberystwyth University, on an exhibition designed to define and rethink the terms Classicism and Romanticism as well as the binary opposition in which those terms are often understood and applied.  The exhibition opens to the public on 20 May 2019 and will be on display at the School of Art throughout the summer.

Previously on view at the School of Art Museum and Galleries (from 12 Oct. 2018 to 8 Feb. 2019) was my exhibition Travelling Through: Landscapes/Landmarks/Legacies.  It featured paintings, photographs, prints, posters, and ceramics from the School’s collection as well as personal photographs charting my relationship with New York City from the mid-1980s until now. 

As the title was meant to suggest, Travelling Through explores interconnections 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.

Over the coming weeks, I will make the exhibition available online, along with other shows I have staged over the last few years.

During part of its run, Travelling Through coincided with my undergraduate module “Looking into Landscape and, while open to the public, generated seminar discussion and provided 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.

Beyond visual culture and its interpretation and display, I continue my engagement with US American 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 delivered a paper on 1950s US network radio in relation to Modernism at the conference Tuning in to the Neo-Avant-Garde at Ghent University.  I am currently revisiting my notes for potential publication.

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.


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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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