HARRY HEUSER                              2019

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Now open to the public is Classic/Romantic, an exhibition I have been working on with a group of undergraduate students of my curating module at the School of Art, Aberystwyth University.  Drawing on the School’s collection of prints, ceramics, paintings and photographs, the exhibition explores the meanings of the two terms in the title and questions the binary opposition in which they are often understood.  The exhibition, which features works by William Blake, Henry Fuseli Goya, William Hogarth, JMW Turner and Salvator Rosa, as well as contemporary artists, will be on display at the School of Art until 30 August 2019.

Previously on view at the School of Art Museum and Galleries (until 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.

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.

In the coming weeks, I will be making the exhibition available online, along with other shows I have staged in recent years.

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 presentation for publication.

Future projects include a monograph on painter-printmaker Harry Morley, co-authored with Robert Meyrick, and Way Out, a book on 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, exhibition curator and educator. 

Since 2012, he has been staging exhibitions in England and Wales, including at the Royal Academy in London, and, as Lecturer in Art History, teaches curating at Aberystwyth University.

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