Aside from the exhibit itself, there are other ways to celebrate all things Gonzo, including opportunities to purchase commemorative merchandise, attend original Library programming, read in-depth stories about Steadman's life and work, and more.
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
Retrospective exhibit in the Central Library's Guldner Gallery, first floor.
After you've viewed the exhbition, you can take a bit of gonzo home with you. A variety of retrospective merchandise is available for purchase at the Central Library's first-floor customer service desk during operating hours. A portion of sales benefit the Library.
- Exhibition catalog - T-shirt - Tote bag - Postcards
- Stickers - Dr. Gonzo-emblazoned socks - Collectors' pins
Dr. Gonzo socks
Dive deeper into the stories behind the artwork in these features and news stories.
by Dan Lybarger
The Kansas City Star
by Steve Wieberg
by Micheal Mahoney
Kansas City Public Library
by Steve Wieberg
FYI BOOK GROUPIn conjunction with the exhibition, the Library recently hosted a dicsussion of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas for the latest edition of the FYI Book Group, co-presented by the Library and the Kansas City Star. Attendees were able to tour the two galleries featuring highlights of Steadman's work throughout his career, noting a few pieces that were used as illustrations in Fear and Loathing.
Read the story in the Kansas City Star
Anne Ducey, the Library's exhibits director, discusses the retrospective.
FYI Book Group attendees talk about Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Ralph Steadman's career is inexorably tied to that of his frequent collaborator, gonzo writer Hunter S. Thompson, beginning with their infamous pairing on an assignment to cover the Kentucky Derby and most notably on Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which Steadman illustrated. On August 21, the Library will host author Timothy Denevi for a discussion of his book Freak Kingdom: Hunter S. Thompson's Manic Ten-Year Crusade Against American Fascism. Denevi goes beyond the caricature of Thompson as drug- and booze-addled and explores the work of a forceful literary and political journalist who was in his prime from 1963 through Nixon’s resignation in 1974.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
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