Current Exhibits

  • Drawing Blood: Comics and Medicine Drawing Blood: Comics and Medicine April 20, 2019 - October 20, 2019

    Rx: A Graphic Memoir by Rachel Lindsay. 2018.

    Closed Mondays, during exhibit installations, and holidays. Before your visit, see Hours for all closings.

    Drawing Blood traces the history of comics’ obsession with medicine from the 18th century to today. The earliest cartoonists frequently satirized a medical practice dominated by bloodletting, purging, and other largely ineffective treatments. Over the next two centuries, modern medicine would go through remarkable transformations. Comics were there for the good and the bad, helping to rebrand the doctor from quack to hero, but also critiquing a medical system that often privileged profits over patients. Drawing Blood highlights the sometimes caustic eye of cartoonists as they consider doctors, patients, illness, and treatment in the rapidly changing world of medicine—one which continues to present new possibilities and new challenges. The exhibit features work by a wide array of creators, from pioneers of cartooning like James Gillray, William Hogarth, Thomas Nast, and Frederick Opper to contemporary greats like Richard Thompson, Carol Tyler, John Porcellino, Alison Bechdel, and Julia Wertz.

    Curated by Professor Jared Gardner, OSU Department of English

     

  • Front Line: Editorial Cartoonists and the First Amendment Front Line: Editorial Cartoonists and the First Amendment April 20, 2019 - October 20, 2019

    Pillars by Jimmy Margulies. August 16, 2018.

    Closed Mondays, during exhibit installations, and holidays. Before your visit, see Hours for all closings.

    What do current debates about social media, trigger warnings, fake news, and libel have to do with the First Amendment and editorial cartoonists?

    Editorial cartoonists both benefit from and defend First Amendment speech and press protections. This exhibition examines free speech through historical works from the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum’s collections as well as contemporary works by members of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists.

    Ann Telnaes, Pulitzer-Prize winning political cartoonist, and Lucy Shelton Caswell, Professor Emerita and Founding Curator of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, co-curated this exhibition.