How to Draw a Bunny

John W. Walter, 2002

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One of the most enigmatic and beloved figures in the post-WWII art world, Ray Johnson (1927-1995) receives a fittingly open-ended biographical treatment in How to Draw a Bunny. Often characterized as an artist's artist, Johnson attended Black Mountain College and then made his way to New York where he witnessed the birth of pop art. He made his most lasting mark through mail art, producing and mailing thousands of witty text and image collages.

This tribute, including an examination of his suicide in the waters off Sag Harbor, Long Island, features commentaries by such Johnson fans as Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, and James Rosenquist, and an original score by Max Roach.

As the New York Times noted, How to Draw a Bunny demonstrates how artist Ray Johnson "made his life a work of art and preferred to let all of his art speak for him." (90 mins.)

Johnson was the subject of a major Wexner Center exhibition in 2000. His artworks also relate to the themes of popular culture's transformations in art explored in the exhibition Splat Boom Pow! The Influence of Cartoons in Contemporary Art, on view at the Wexner Center Galleries at The Belmont Building through May 2.

Season Support

Support for the 2003-04 film/video season provided by the Rohauer Collection Foundation and the Corporate Annual Fund of the Wexner Center Foundation.

Contemporary films, international films, and visiting filmmakers presented with support from the Ohio Arts Council.



How to Draw a Bunny