Some notes and doodles taken at the enthralling Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
As for all the “Should comics be considered ‘ART’?’ hooplah that’s resulted because of the exhibit (I’m looking at you Chicago Reader), I’d just like to remind people that Clowes himself says he considers the final books, graphic novels, and screenplays to be works of art, not the individual pages from them that are the focus of the exhibition.
Also, (and this is a HUGE assumption on my part) I’m willing to bet that just like Robert Crumb and Charles Schulz (who also claimed that comics should not and never will be considered high art), that Clowes never once thought of his comic pages being displayed at an institution such as the MCA. It’s more than likely that he created this work with the expectation that most cartoonists/artists have: to be read, discarded, traded, sold, and not taken as seriously as we want it to be.
Debates aside, you should definitely go to the exhibit to examine the oeuvre of a talented, prosaic writer, excellent cartoonist, and insightful commentator on contemporary culture.