Ralph Steadman Public Programs

Ralph Steadman: A Retrospective

Patron Circle Reception: Thursday, October 3, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Members Reception: Friday, October 4, 5-7
Public Opening Reception: Friday, October 4, 7-8
Free admission weekend: Saturday and Sunday, October 5 – 6

Steadman on Steadman
Saturday, October 5, 2 p.m.
While we’re disappointed that Ralph Steadman can’t join us for the opening, his daughter Sadie Williams will be here to share insights on her father’s work.

Comics Journalism
Lecture by Katherine Kelp-Stebbins, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Comics Studies, UO Department of English
Thursday, October 10, 6 p.m.
Location: Downtown Public Library,
The very idea of using comics—a medium associated with younger audiences, humorous narratives, and lowbrow aesthetics—to produce serious journalism may seem paradoxical, but Professor Kelp-Stebbins explains why comics has become the medium for some of the most innovative and emotionally engaging journalistic work since the late 20th-century. Highlighting comics reportage from areas as diverse as the U.S.-Mexico border, refugee camps in Malta, and army bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, she introduces audiences to the genre of comics journalism and locates Ralph Steadman as a progenitor of the genre by examining his editorial cartoons and his role in establishing the visual language for gonzo journalism.  

Skype with Steadman
Saturday, October 12, 10 a.m.
Join us for a lively conversation with Ralph Steadman and his daughter Sadie Williams. Moderated by Paul Peppis, Director, Oregon Humanities Center and UO Professor of English.

Schnitzer Cinema: For No Good Reason
Wednesday, October 16, 7 p.m,
Made over the course of fifteen years, this 2012 American-British documentary by Charlie Paul (89 minutes), explores the connection between life and art through the eyes of Ralph Steadman. In addition to the artist, the film features Johnny Depp, Richard E Grant, Terry Gilliam, Jann Wenner, Hunter S. Thompson, and Hal Willner. Programmed by Richard Herskowitz, curator of media arts and artistic director of the Ashland Independent Film Festival, this fall’s Schnitzer Cinema focuses on portraits of artists.

Political Cartoons and the First Amendment
Wednesday, October 23, 5:30 pm
Presentations and discussion with three noted university faculty members: Ofer Raban, Professor of Law and Elmer Sahlstrom Senior Fellow in Trial Law University of Oregon School of Law; Peter Laufer, James Wallace Chair Professor of Journalism and co-director UO-UNESCO Crossings Institute for Conflict-sensitive Reporting and Intercultural Dialogue, School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC); and Thomas Bivins, Professor and John L. Hulteng Chair in Media Ethics & Responsibility, SOJC. Moderated by Dom Vetri, Professor Emeritus, University of Oregon School of Law

The History of Satirical Prints
Lecture by Emily Shinn, JSMA Curatorial Extern in American and European Art
Saturday, December 14, 2 p.m.
Location: Downtown Eugene Public Library
In conjunction with her exhibition The Satirical Eye at the JSMA, featuring work by William Hogarth, James Gillray, Francisco de Goya, and Honoré Daumier, Shinn explores printmaking as a medium of comedic relief, moral critique, and political protestintroducing viewers to the dynamic range of satire and caricature permeating consecutive eras of satirical prints in the 18th and 19th centuries in Great Britain, Spain, and France.  The talk explores how caricature and satire become enduring icons of meaning, positioning the creative enterprise of each print in its historical context while illuminating its contemporary relevance.

Journalism and the First Amendment
Lecture byTim Gleason, Professor of Journalism and Director, Ancil Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism
Wednesday, January 8, 6 p.m. 
Location: Downtown Eugene Public Library

Political Cartooning and Free Speech
Lecture by Thomas Bivins, Professor and John L. Hulteng Chair in Media Ethics & Responsibility, UO School of Journalism and Communications
Saturday, January 11, 2 p.m.
Location: Downtwon Eugene Public Library

Freedom of Speech and the Press
Lecture by Kyu Ho YOUM, Jonathan Marshall First Amendment Chair, University of Oregon School of Journalism and  Communication
Saturday, January 18, 2 p.m. 
Location: Downtown Eugene Public Library


Make a Book with Removeable Pages
Downtown Eugene Public Library
Thursday, October 10, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
This book requires no sewing and only a few dabs of glue.  Each set of pages is attached to the accordion-folded spine by a strip of paper.  You can slip this book in a bag or pocket for notes on-the-go, swapping out pages as they are filled.  It also makes a great gift!  The structure is simple enough for beginners and rife with possibilities for experienced bookmakers.  All materials supplied.  Note: A utility/X-Acto knife is used for this project. Free and open to the public.

Watercolor Creature Creations 
Downtown Eugene Public Library
Thursday, November 7, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
This workshop is inspired by Steadman's use of color, ink lines, and splatters. Turn your watercolor blobs and splotches into creatures or monsters of your own design. Starting with bright watercolor blobs, use pen and ink to define edges, pick out details and turn blobs into art. All materials supplied. Free and open to the public.

Illustrations in Ink Splats
Downtown Eugene Public Library
Wednesday, December 4, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Join us as we take an inky journey, starting with splats, drips, and flings of ink, turning them into colorful interpretations of pop culture. Inspired by the artist Ralph Steadman, we will make a bit of a mess as we create artistic works that are both spontaneous and calculated. Free and open to the public.  Instructor:  Marianne Walker.