See RAY BRADBURY’S MAGICAL MANSIONS, an Exhibition in the Campus Center Cultural Arts Gallery from October 1–31, 2016

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A new exhibit focused on science-fiction writer Ray Bradbury examines the role houses played in his stories and own life and also documents photographer Elizabeth Nahum-Albright’s childhood visits to the author’s California home.

The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies exhibit, which runs through the month of October, is located in the Cultural Arts Gallery on the first floor of the IUPUI Campus Center (420 University Blvd). Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Visitor parking is available for a fee in the attached Vermont Street Garage.

Ray Bradbury’s novels and stories overflow with magical mansions of the mind. The mastery of the supernatural that he inherited from Edgar Alan Poe included Poe’s ability to reveal houses as manifestations of their occupants. Bradbury’s O. Henry award anthology story “Homecoming,” his futuristic “Usher II” in The Martian Chronicles, and Mr. Moundshroud’s multi-chimneyed mansion in The Halloween Tree all found extended lives through the art of Bradbury’s many distinguished illustrators, and these imaginary houses join others on the walls and in the display cases of this exhibition. The show also blurs the boundaries between Bradbury’s imaginary houses and archival photographs of the real life homes that inspired some of them.

These images from the Center’s archive join a fascinating photographic retrospective by Elizabeth Nahum-Albright, who spent most of her childhood and teenage years as a frequent guest in the Bradbury home. The author gifted his remaining papers and books to her father, longtime Bradbury friend and bibliographer Donn Albright, who graciously gifted them in turn to the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at IUPUI. Elizabeth’s retrospective illuminates the bittersweet task of packing up and transporting the Bradbury-Albright gift (along with many artifacts gifted by the Bradbury family) from the late author’s Los Angeles home to the Center for Bradbury Studies in 2013. But Ray Bradbury considered himself her godfather, and Elizabeth’s exhibition also includes what she calls “childhood snapshots from my early visits to this fantastical house, playroom for a science fiction giant.”
While Nahum-Albright’s exhibit photos are of a documentary style, her works tend to draw on more traditional photographic techniques, including 19th century printing processes. She has held two New York shows in TriBeCa’s Soho Photo Gallery and is a part of a group show in the President’s Office Gallery at the Pratt Institute.