Current Exhibits

  • Treasures from the Collections of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Treasures from the Collections of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum November 13, 2021 - May 8, 2022

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

     

  • Dark Laughter Revisited: The Life and Times of Ollie Harrington Dark Laughter Revisited: The Life and Times of Ollie Harrington November 13, 2021 - May 8, 2022

    Throughout his career, Oliver “Ollie” Harrington (1912-1995) used his voice and artistic talents as a cartoonist to attack racial, economic and social injustice with razor-sharp wit and insight. Speaking from the perspective of a cartoonist of color, his commentary chronicles many of the events and issues that defined the 20th century, from segregation and apartheid, to war and poverty. Harrington’s life and career intersected with the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights movement, the Black émigré community in Paris after WWII, and communist East Germany. Many of Harrington’s cartoons remain relevant and speak to problems that sadly are still unresolved in contemporary times. 

  • Power Lines: Comics and the Environment Power Lines: Comics and the Environment November 13, 2021 - May 8, 2022

    At the start of the 21st century, the term Anthropocene was coined to describe a new geological epoch defined by humanity’s transformation of the natural world.  Scientists have long known that human beings have a complex relationship to the world we inhabit. We survive and thrive thanks to the earth’s many resources, but we also cause irreparable harm to the planet. This exhibit surveys over 100 years of comics that depict the pleasures and dangers of human interaction with the environment. Comics have captured it all—including fears about pollution, the celebration of nature preserves, anger at the failures of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the recognition of the ways environmental destruction and global warming disproportionately affect people of color. 

    Curated by Jared Gardner and Elizabeth Hewitt. 

    No special opening event has been scheduled for this exhibit. Stay tuned for announcements about exhibit programs happening in spring 2022.

    Art by Peter Kuper from his graphic novel Ruins published by SelfMadeHero, 2015. Used with permission.