The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture From Ten American Colleges and Universities

 Armed with only a camera, a sense of humor and a host of frequent flyer miles, Mathew Duman embarked on a “grotesque safari,” traveling to 10 universities around the country to photograph the unique grotesques and gargoyles roosting on their academic buildings. He found that this type of sculpture makes its home within a style of architecture known as Collegiate Gothic which was popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

He'll present a selection of grotesques and gargoyles in his presentation, giving you a taste of the variety of ornament, history and humor these campuses have to offer.

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Duman is a photographer, author and graphic designer who attended the gargoyle-free campus of Central Connecticut State University. but while studying abroad, developed a fascination with the grotesque sculptures of the cathedrals of Britain. In addition to England, he's made photographic trips to Italy, Africa, Australia & New Zealand. His book, “An Education in the Grotesque: The Gargoyles of Yale University," was published in 2011.

This program is part of our "Gravestones, Gargoyles and More. Oh My!" series on Zoom, and is supported in part by a grant from the Middleborough Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. 

The first program in the series, "Welcome to the Graveyard, " will take place on Wednesday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m.  This program will presented by Brenda Sullivan of the Gravestone Girls. See the calendar listing for details.

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