Past Exhibits

  • Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream June 4, 2016 - October 23, 2016

    [Little Nemo tribute] by  Yuko Shimizu

    Winsor McCay (1867 – 1934) was one of the most significant American artists of the 20th century, known best for his groundbreaking newspaper comics and early animated films. Much of his most beloved work appeared in Little Nemo in Slumberland, a full-page comic that ran every Sunday from 1905 to 1926. It was on these pages that McCay expanded the world of visual narrative: his stunning sequences, expressed through vivid illustrations and inventive panel compositions, became a cornerstone of modern comics.

    In 2014, Locust Moon published Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, a huge, full-color anthology featuring work by 100 comic artists and illustrators. Each of these artists was asked to create a new version of McCay’s famous strip, resulting in a rich and diverse collection of homages to a remarkable man.

  • Dedini: The Art of Humor Dedini: The Art of Humor February 13, 2016 - May 22, 2016

    Image: Eldon Dedini, Playboy, 1964.

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

    Eldon Dedini (1921-2006) was a master of the gag cartoon. For almost half a century, both The New Yorker and Playboy regularly published his work, which featured a unique blend of art and humor informed by his insatiable appetite and his love of fine art, jazz, wine, and life.

    * This exhibit contains sexually explicit content that may be inappropriate for some audiences.

    Join us for FREE opening events on Saturday, February 20, 2016!

  • WORDLESS: The Collection of David A. Beronä WORDLESS: The Collection of David A. Beronä February 13, 2016 - May 22, 2016

    Image: Giacomo Patri, White Collar, 1940.

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

    Historian, librarian, and scholar, David Beronä’s collection is one of the most complete representations of the scope of wordless books. The material in this exhibit ranges from the groundbreaking early woodcut novels of Frans Masreel and Lynd Ward, to contemporary artists like Sue Coe and George Walker, as well as cartoonists such as Shaun Tan, Peter Kuper, and more – each harnessing the universal power of visual storytelling.

    Join us for FREE opening events on Saturday, February 20, 2016!

  • Galleries closed for installation January 25, 2016 - February 12, 2016

  • What Fools These Mortals Be! The Story of Puck What Fools These Mortals Be! The Story of Puck July 25, 2015 - January 24, 2016

    Frederick Burr Opper. “They Can’t Fight.” Puck (cover), January 15, 1896.

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

    Discover the history and highlights of Puck, America’s first and most influential humor magazine of color political cartoons. For nearly forty years, Puck was a training ground and showcase for some of the country’s most talented cartoonists. This exhibit will include chromolithographs by Joseph Keppler, Rose O’Neill, Frederick Opper, F.M. Howarth, Rolf Armstrong, Bernhard Gillam, J.S. Pughe, and more. As David Sloane has said in the American Humor Magazine and Comic Periodicals, Puck “created a genre and established a tradition,” spawning dozens of imitators. It also led the way for that great American institution, the comics. This show presents some of Puck‘s greatest cartoons featuring politicians, personalities, and issues that dominated its forty years of publication.

    Curated by Michael Alexander Kahn and Richard Samuel West. Their recent book, What Fools These Mortals be! The Story of Puck was published by IDW Publishing (October 2014).

    Michael Alexander Kahn is the co-author of May it Amuse the Court: Editorial Cartoons of the Supreme Court and the Constitution and more than a dozen scholarly articles on the Presidency and the Supreme Court. He has assembled one of the country’s leading collections of political cartoons, which has been featured in numerous magazine articles and in the Grolier Club in New York in 2007. He is a frequent lecturer on the significance of political cartoon art and has developed educational materials based on the art for teaching on the university and high school levels and in museum programs.

    Richard Samuel West is the author of several books on American political cartooning, the most recent being Iconoclast in Ink: The Political Cartoons of J.N. Ding Darling (2012), the editor of Target: The Political Cartoon Quarterly (1981-1987), and the political cartoon editor of Inks: Cartoon and Comic Art Studies, published by The Ohio State University (1994-1997). He is the owner of Periodyssey, located in Easthampton MA, which buys and sells significant and unusual American periodicals.

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