Current Exhibits

  • Treasures from the Collections of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Treasures from the Collections of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum June 19, 2021 - October 31, 2021

    This permanent exhibit features a selection of exceptional artwork and artifacts highlighting the breadth and depth of our collections.

    Reservations are recommended, please visit cartoons.osu.edu/gallery-visit-reservation to book your visit. Walk-ins are welcome, but you may be asked to wait if the museum is at capacity.

     

  • Into the Swamp: The Social and Political Satire of Walt Kelly’s Pogo Into the Swamp: The Social and Political Satire of Walt Kelly’s Pogo June 19, 2021 - October 31, 2021

    Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 1:00 pm–5:00 pm. Reservations are recommended, please visit cartoons.osu.edu/gallery-visit-reservation to book your visit. Walk-ins are welcome, but you may be asked to wait if the museum is at capacity.

    Walt Kelly’s newspaper comic strip Pogo was a platform for political satire and commentary using a motley group of swamp critters. Kelly tackled many of the political issues of the world in which he lived, from the Red Scare to civil rights, the environment, scientific exploration, and consumerism. We celebrate Walt Kelly and his social commentary through the joyous, poignant, and occasionally profound insights and beauty of the alternative universe that is Pogo. Working in the mid-twentieth century, Kelly drew on the legacy of earlier generations of newspaper cartoonists and then became a major influence on his successors.

    This exhibition primarily features art and archival materials from the Walt Kelly Collection, which was donated to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum by Selby Kelly. It also showcases artwork from the collection of Doonesbury cartoonist Garry B. Trudeau, which he generously donated to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in 2020.

    Co-curated by Lucy Shelton Caswell, Professor Emerita and Founding Curator of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, and Jenny E. Robb, Curator & Associate Professor.

    Image credit: Walt Kelly. Pogo, April 21, 1971. Publishers-Hall Syndicate. Reprinted by permission.

  • The Dog Show: Two Centuries of Canine Cartoons The Dog Show: Two Centuries of Canine Cartoons June 19, 2021 - October 31, 2021

    Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 1:00 pm–5:00 pm. Reservations are recommended, please visit cartoons.osu.edu/gallery-visit-reservation to book your visit. Walk-ins are welcome, but you may be asked to wait if the museum is at capacity.

    Humans and dogs have a special relationship that goes back to our earliest encounters. There is evidence of an enduring graphic legacy of dogs in art. An 8,000-year-old petroglyph mural recently discovered in the Arabian Desert depicts dogs with leashes helping a hunter who is holding a bow. Dogs continue to take on roles as loyal companions, dedicated workers, and talented performers. Today, canines are also celebrated icons of popular literature, art, and culture.

    This exhibition documents the fascination that cartoonists have had with our furry friends. Beginning with political cartoons from the 19th century and moving through to 21st century creations like Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man, over one hundred different characters are showcased. There are original cartoons starring vintage comic strip canines, including Buster Brown’s Tige, Little Orphan Annie’s Sandy, Dagwood and Blondie’s Daisy, and Charlie Brown’s Snoopy. Modern mutts like Odie from Garfield, Otto from Beetle Bailey, Ruff from Dennis the Menace, Farley from For Better or For Worseand Earl from Mutts are also here. All of the major cartoon genres are represented  comic strips, editorial cartoons, magazine cartoons, comic books, illustration, and animation. 

    The Dog Show: Two Centuries of Canine Cartoons promises to be an entertaining and enlightening exhibit for visitors of all ages.

    Curated by cartoonist and cartoon scholar Brian Walker.

    Image Credit: Art by Eric Reaves. Snoopy © PNTS; Biscuit © Jan Eliot; Grimmy © Grimmy, Inc.; Marmaduke © UFS; Farley © Lynn Johnston Productions, Inc.; Otto © Comicana, Inc.; Earl © Patrick McDonnell; Odie © Paws; Snert © King Features Syndicate, Inc.; Dawg © Comicana, Inc.; Sandy © Tribune Media Services, Inc.; and Ruff © North America Syndicate, Inc. Used by permission.