Video Online of Mary GrandPre Exhibit in Iowa
December 10, 2008, 08:58 AM
Previously we told you there was an exhibit currently ongoing in Iowa featuring the art of Mary GrandPre, including pieces she created for the covers and chapter art found in the US Scholastic editions of the Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling. There is now new video available here in our galleries, where the curator of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art gives us a glimpse and new details on some of the featured pieces, including the original pencil sketch of the cover for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The Daily Iowan reports: "We actually did shows about all of her career and the process at the
same time," said museum curator Sean Ulmer about GrandPré, whose career
began in the '80s, but she hasn't exhibited for a few years because of
her busy schedule.
Readers will also recall we first showed you some photos from the exhibit, which includes new pieces all available here in our image galleries.
The Harry Potter and Beyond exhibit is ongoing at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art now until February 1, 2009. Thanks much, David!
Very cool! I checked out the video — it would be neat to see, up close, the cover art that was not selected for the books. In particular, it looks like the sketches of different ideas for Book 7 cover art are featured. Can you imagine if they had selected her cover art with the image of Harry walking into the forest with ghostly images of his parents? Wow…I’m trying to imagine what us fans would have made of that before the book came out. And I actually kind of like the idea of that cover art — it speaks more truly to one of the critical moments at the end of the book, in comparison to the cover art that was selected.
love her art work for the books, even though grand rapids Iowa is only about 4 yop 5 hours away i can’t afford to make the trip , wish it would come closer to where i live in nothwest minnesota
I live in Cedar Rapids and have seen them in person. They are amazing works, and anyone who can see them, should see them. Also, the Museum of Art is having a Harry Potter day this Saturday, the 13th, from 11am – 3pm. I will be there in my Hufflepuff robes!
Good call, it is so wistful! It is beautiful. I love the way she has matured Harry over the years, and I really appreciate how monstrous and inhuman she draws Voldemort. Dumbledore is the most wistful looking of the characters, I think. :) She is amazing.