When: Mondays-Sundays, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through April 12 2012
Lipscomb isn’t known for its progressive programming, but it seems like that might be changing. Everyone who was surprised by last month’s Daniel Johnston performance and gallery show has a second chance to feign detached appreciation of the university’s increasing cadre of cool — there’s a comic-themed art exhibition at their John C. Hutcheson Gallery, and a Nick Cave lecture on Monday. Imagery and technique borrowed from the comic arts have been fodder for some of the world’s most important contemporary art, from Andy Warhol to Keith Haring to Takashi Murakami. The exhibit at Lipscomb puts pieces by comic artists with local ties — like Lebanon-based Eisner Award winner Eric Powell and Jim Jinkins, a Lipscomb alum who created the Nickelodeon cartoon Doug — alongside work by none other than Roy Lichtenstein. Meanwhile, Philippe Parreno’s inflated speech bubbles, seen in MoMA’s Comic Abstraction exhibit, decorate the gallery’s ceiling. Powell, who is working with filmmaker David Fincher to make a motion picture version of his comic The Goon, will speak on his work after the reception.