Past Exhibits

  • Seeing the Great War Seeing the Great War July 25, 2015 - January 24, 2016

    Paul Stahr. “The Winning Hand.” Life (cover), May 16, 1918.

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

    World War I represented a watershed in the history of warfare, both on the battlefield and in communication. Explore the hidden mechanics and power of images generated during wartime, through the work of James Montgomery Flagg, Bud Fisher, Billy Ireland, Percy Crosby, Nell Brinkley, Frederick Burr Opper, Louis Raemaekers, and more. This exhibit also features Charles Schulz’ reinterpretation of the Great War’s legacy as shown through Snoopy as the Flying Ace. Original costumes from WWI will be displayed, as well as original art, film lobby cards, sheet music, posters, and more.

    Curated by Professor Emerita Lucy Shelton Caswell.

  • World of Shojo Manga! Mirrors of Girls' Desires World of Shojo Manga! Mirrors of Girls' Desires March 28, 2015 - July 5, 2015

    Image:  Matsumoto, Akira (Reiji). Aoi Hanabira (Blue Petals) (Tokyo: Showa Manga Shuppansha, 1958).

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

    The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum will celebrate women’s history month and its international holdings with the opening of World of Shojo Manga! Mirrors of Girls’ Desires, a traveling exhibit curated by Masami Toku, Dept. of Art and Art History, CSU-Chico.

  • Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women March 28, 2015 - July 5, 2015

    Image: Miss Lasko-Gross, Self-Portrait, July 30, 2010.

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

    Graphic Details is a groundbreaking touring exhibition providing the first in-depth look at a unique and prolific niche of graphic storytelling – Jewish women’s autobiographical comics. While the influential role of Jews in cartooning has long been acknowledged, the role of Jewish women in shaping the medium is largely unexplored. This exhibition of original drawings, full comic books and graphic novels, presents the powerful work of eighteen U.S., Canadian, and International artists whose intimate, confessional work has influenced the world of comics over the last four decades, creating an entirely new genre.  Spotlighting the raw, revealing voices of Jewish women and their singular presence in graphic storytelling, the exhibition illuminates the intersection of experiences that make these diaristic comics so compelling. By turns funny, outrageous, poignant and embarrassingly intimate, the works in Graphic Details reflect the artists’ individual journeys, refracted through a distinctively Jewish lens in a pop culture art form.

    Many of the original artworks on display have never been exhibited in public until now. Artists run the gamut from pioneering Wimmen’s Comix and Twisted Sisters artists of the 1970s and 1980s to the superstars of the new generation. Participating artists include: Vanessa Davis, Bernice Eisenstein, Sarah Glidden, Miriam Katin, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Miss Lasko-Gross, Sarah Lazarovic, Miriam Libicki, Sarah Lightman, Diane Noomin, Corinne Pearlman, Trina Robbins, Racheli Rotner, Sharon Rudahl, Lauri Sandell, Ariel Schrag, Lauren Weinstein, and Ilana Zeffren. This iteration of the exhibit also includes selections from The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum collection.

    Curated by Sarah Lightman and Michael Kaminer. Traveling exhibition conceived by Zachary Paul Levine and Yeshiva University Museum.

    Sarah Lightman is a leading voice in the field of autobiographical comics. She is an internationally exhibiting artist, curator and author of numerous academic articles and editor of the first book on Jewish women and comics: Graphic Details: Jewish Women’s Autobiographical Comics in Essays and Interviews (McFarland 2014). She is a director of Laydeez do Comics and is working on her graphic novel The Book of Sarah which will be published by Myriad Editions.

    Michael Kaminer is a New York-based writer who collects original cartoon art. His story for the Forward on autobiographical comics by Jewish women became the inspiration for Graphic Details. Michael is the restaurant critic for the New York Daily News, and contributes to The New York Times, The Washington Post, the New York Observer, and other media.

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    Join us for an opening program and reception on Sunday, April 19 featuring Sarah Glidden, Miriam Katin, Sarah Lightman, and Trina Robbins beginning at 1:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

  • King of the Comics: William Randolph Hearst and 100 Years of King Features King of the Comics: William Randolph Hearst and 100 Years of King Features December 13, 2014 - March 15, 2015

    Image:  J.S. Pughe. “IF – The Inaugural Dinner at the White House.” Puck, June 29, 1904.

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

    This exhibition will examine the role William Randolph Hearst played in the birth of newspaper comics and trace the 100-year history of King Features Syndicate, the company he founded to develop and distribute comics, columns, editorial cartoons, puzzles, and games around the world.

    Among the many King creations included in this exhibition will be:  The Katzenjammer Kids, Happy Hooligan, Little Jimmy, Bringing Up Father, Krazy Kat, Polly and Her Pals, Tillie the Toiler, Popeye, Blondie, Barney Google and Snuffy Smith, Flash Gordon, The Phantom, Mandrake  the Magician, The Little King, Henry, Prince Valiant, Buz Sawyer, Rip Kirby, Big Ben Bolt, Beetle Bailey, Dennis the Menace, Juliet Jones, Hi and Lois, Family Circus, The Lockhorns, Tiger, Quincy, Hagar the Horrible, Zippy, Marvin, Curtis, Bizarro, Baby Blues, Mutts, Rhymes with Orange, Zits, Tina’s Groove, and Dustin. In addition to original drawings by the artists, related materials such as printed pages, photographs, correspondence, sales brochures, advertisements, and merchandise will dramatically demonstrate the impact that King Features has had on the evolution and success of newspaper comics.

    King of the Comics will launch the centennial anniversary of King Features Syndicate. Brian Walker will be serving as curator for this historic exhibition.

  • The Long March: Civil Rights in Cartoons and Comics The Long March: Civil Rights in Cartoons and Comics August 16, 2014 - November 30, 2014

    Image: Karl Hubenthal. In the March, March 26, 1965. Karl Hubenthal Collection.

    In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum will present The Long March: Civil Rights in Cartoons and Comics from August 16 – November 30, 2014. The exhibit presents the story of the Civil Rights Movement and its impact through original editorial cartoons, comic strips, and comic books drawn from the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum’s collections. It will also include artwork drawn by Nate Powell, for March, Congressman John Lewis’s graphic memoir, a New York Times Bestseller co-written by Andrew Aydin, about his experiences as a leader and activist in the movement. The exhibit explores the tensions, struggles, and victories from multiple perspectives, including mainstream daily newspapers and the black press.

    Curated by Jenny Robb and Jared Gardner

    This exhibition is organized in conjunction with Remembering the Act: Archival Reflections on Civil Rights in 1964, an exhibition on display at the Thompson Library Gallery from September 15, 2014 – January 4, 2015.

    50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act , Program Offerings

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