MILWAUKEE — The Haggerty Museum of Art and Raynor Memorial Libraries at Marquette University have announced the collaborative exhibition J.R.R. Tolkien: The Art of the Manuscript. The exhibition will feature the original manuscripts created by J. R. R. Tolkien for his literary classics The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and other works.Ticket sales begin today, National J.R.R. Tolkien Day, a celebration of the author’s birth. General admission for the fall 2022 exhibition will be $10, and Senior Citizen and Active Military (with I.D.) admission will be $8. Admission will be free (advance reservations and a valid I.D. will be required) for Friends of the Haggerty Museum of Art members, K-12 educators, children aged seventeen and under, and Marquette University students, faculty members, and staff members.
On view at the Haggerty Museum of Art August 19 through December 12, 2022, the exhibition derives from a partnership between the Museum, the Department of Special Collections and University Archives at Marquette’s Raynor Memorial Libraries, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), and the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries. Anchoring the exhibition is Marquette’s collection of Tolkien manuscripts, including original manuscripts and multiple working drafts for three of the author’s most celebrated books—The Hobbit (1937), Farmer Giles of Ham (1949), and The Lord of the Rings (1954-1955)—as well as the original copy of the children’s book Mr. Bliss (published in facsimile form in 1982). The exhibition also includes Tolkien manuscripts and artworks borrowed from the Bodleian Libraries. J.R.R. Tolkien: The Art of the Manuscript makes a unique contribution to both Tolkien scholarship and popular understanding by considering the work of J. R. R. Tolkien through the lens of manuscripts—in terms of both the materials that Tolkien studied as a medieval philologist, and the influence of those materials on Tolkien’s own creative process.
The exhibition will include more than 100 items, many that have not previously been exhibited or published. Exhibition co-curators are Wiliam Fliss, Curator of the Tolkien Collection in Marquette’s Department of Special Collections and University Archives, and Dr. Sarah Schaefer, Assistant Professor, Art History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Additional details are available in a brief FAQ. More information will be made available as the exhibition’s opening approaches.
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