“Buffy to the Bard” Exhibit Offers Retrospective Look at Whedon’s Career

The Wesleyan Cinema Archives presents a retrospective look at the career of Joss Whedon '87, from his years at Wesleyan to his 2012 production of Much Ado about Nothing. The exhibit, "Joss Whedon: From Buffy to the Bard," located inside the Rick Nicita Gallery, features posters, notebooks, photographs, props and artwork from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, the Avengers and more.

The Wesleyan Cinema Archives presents a retrospective look at the career of Joss Whedon ’87, from his years at Wesleyan to his 2012 production of “Much Ado about Nothing.” The exhibit, “Joss Whedon: From Buffy to the Bard,” located inside the Rick Nicita Gallery, features posters, notebooks, photographs, props and artwork from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Serenity,” “The Avengers” and more.

Whether you’re a serious student of Joss Whedon’s oeuvre or your inner geek has just really, really wanted to see Buffy’s scythe close up, an exhibit on view in the Cinema Archives’ Nicita Gallery should satisfy every fan of the prolific ’87 Wes alumnus.

Joss Whedon '87 presented Jeanine Basinger, the Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, with an honorary degree from the American Film Institute Conservatory in 2006. This photograph is on display in the "Buffy to Bard" exhibit.

Joss Whedon ’87 presented Jeanine Basinger, the Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, with an honorary degree from the American Film Institute Conservatory in 2006. This photograph is on display in the “Buffy to the Bard” exhibit.

“Joss Whedon: From Buffy to the Bard” is an intimate and charming retrospective of Whedon’s career, starting with a picture of Whedon shooting a student film at Wesleyan, continuing through souvenirs of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and winding up with a poster from his latest film, “Much Ado About Nothing,” which he previewed during Reunion & Commencement weekend for a wildly enthusiastic crowd of alumni and students.

“It was an awful lot of fun to put together,” said Curator Andrea McCarty, who not only created the exhibit but also designed the special Lucite cases that hold such Whedonalia as script notes and objéts from Whedon’s blockbuster “The Avengers,” based on the Marvel comic. “Joss basically went into his garage – and gave us all this stuff.”

Marvel and Lions Gate Studio also were generous in donating movie ephemera, McCarty said.

The exhibit will be up through December, honoring the prominent film studies alumnus (whose 2013 Commencement speech has now garnered more than a quarter million views on YouTube) as Wesleyan launches its new College of Film and the Moving Image. The college brings the Film Studies Department, the Center for Film Studies, the Cinema Archives and the Wesleyan Film Series under a single umbrella.

The exhibit will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and also by appointment, allowing visitors to ponder notes and sketches for “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog;” film and TV posters; and props and artifacts from various Whedon productions.

For more information see the Nicita Gallery’s website.

In this 1986 photograph, director/producer/writer Joss Whedon '87, at left, makes a student film with classmate Richter Hartig '87. This photograph, taken by Brooks Kraft '87, is on display in the "Joss Whedon: From Buffy to the Bard" exhibit inside the Nicita Gallery through December.

In this 1986 photograph, director/producer/writer Joss Whedon ’87, at left, makes a student film with classmate Richter Hartig ’87. This photograph, taken by Brooks Kraft ’87, is on display in the “Joss Whedon: From Buffy to the Bard” exhibit inside the Nicita Gallery through December.

During the academic year, the Rick Nicita Gallery is open noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday and by appointment by calling 860-685-2220.

During the academic year, the Rick Nicita Gallery is open noon to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and by appointment by calling 860-685-2220. (Photos by Olivia Drake)