HARRY HEUSER                              2017

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I am currently working on an exhibition of film stills from and production sketches for the 1949 fantasy movie Mighty Joe YoungRecapturing ‘Mighty Joe Young’, which opens on 20 November 2017 at the School of Art, Aberystwyth University, will showcase a unique scrapbook (a page of which is displayed above) commemorating the production.

The album, along with autographs of the cast and crew, among them special effects artist Ray Harryhausen, was bequeathed to Aberystwyth University by the British film critic Raymond Durgnat.  On 22 November, the Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation is giving a presentation in our galleries, and the School of Art will host animation workshops during the run of the exhibition (20 November 2017 to 2 February 2018).

Recently on show in the same gallery was the annual exhibition I stage at the School of Art, Aberystwyth University, with students of my undergraduate module “Curating an Exhibition.” This year’s exhibition was titled Alternative Facts and features prints, ceramics and photographs from the School of Art collection.  Using a current catchphrase as its premise, the exhibition explored conflicting functions of material culture: as representations of reality, as social commentary and as propaganda. It also invited a closer look at the roles and responsibilities of curators as historians and interpreters.

Following our 2015 book and exhibition of the prints of Stanley Anderson, which completed touring the UK in June 2017, my husband, Robert Meyrick, and I have produced a catalogue raisonné of the prints of Charles F. Tunnicliffe, Britain’s foremost twentieth-century wildlife artist.  The book accompanies the exhibition Second Nature: The Art of Charles Tunnicliffe RA, which was recently on show at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.  Tunnicliffe’s prints will next be on show at the School of Art from 12 February to 8 March 2018.

In the autumn of 2018, I will be curating an exhibition of paintings by Ceri Pritchard.  Previously, in August 2016, I opened Pritchard’s solo exhibition The Strange Edge of Reality at Tenby Museum and Art Gallery.

Further projects include Double Exposure, a book and exhibition of queer and surrealist photographs by Angus McBean, of which the School of Art museum holds a sizable collection, as well as an essay on radio thriller serials in relation to Gothic literature.  The latter is a continuation of my research on US radio plays as explored in my study Immaterial Culture.

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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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