Past Exhibits

  • A. B. Walker's World A. B. Walker's World January 22, 2013 - April 26, 2013

    The Reading Room Gallery
    January 22, 2013 – April 26, 2013
     

    Alanson Burton Walker was a very successful magazine cartoonist working at the beginning of 20th century.  His work was much in demand and he drew for all the important magazines of the time–Life, Harper’s, Atlantic Monthly, Saturday Evening Post, Judge and Collier’s–where he created gentle, wry cartoons on issues of the day.

     

    Walker was born in Binghampton, New York on November 19, 1878, attended Buffalo Central High School, and later Rochester University from which he graduated in 1897. He spent the next four years taking classes at the Art Students League in New York, studying under Frank Vincent DuMond.  His brother William H. Walker, also a cartoonist, became the chief editorial cartoonist for Life at the end of the 1890s.  Both brothers lived and worked in Flushing, New York.  A. B. Walker died of a heart attack while shoveling snow on January 22, 1947.

     

    Most of the work on display dates from 1909-1913 and was created by Walker while he was in his early thirties.  All were drawn for Harper’s Magazine and focus on topics of the time:  changes in transportation (automobiles and aeronautics); observations on women and women’s suffrage; and love and marriage.  Walker’s work captures the preoccupations of early 20th century life with wit and charm.  His cartoons, with their fluid lines and gentle humor, remain as pleasing to us today as they were to the audience he created them for a century ago.

     

    These cartoons form part of the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection and were donated by A. B. Walker’s son and his wife, Keith and Mary Lou Walker.

     

    Curated by Lucy Shelton Caswell, Professor Emerita, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum and Ann Lennon, Project Registrar, International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection.

  • Line Dancing Line Dancing September 5, 2012 - December 30, 2012

    The Reading Room Gallery
    September 5, 2012 – December 30, 2012
     

    Line Dancing surveys dance in cartoon art to celebrate the renovation of Sullivant Hall, the future home of both the Department of Dance and the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.  From a 1788 print of A Cotillion – the precursor to the American square dance – to modern works like a Jules Feiffer dancer and a jig from Charles Schulz’ Snoopy, these figures dance across history and across the page. Be it a literal depiction of dance as an event in time or the symbol of dance as metaphor, the works in this exhibit are moving, just like our library!

     

    Line Dancing is part of Ohio State is Dancing, a campus-wide celebration throughout the Fall. Dance holdings from the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute will be featured in a companion exhibit, Dancing Dimensions: Movement through Time and Space, at the Thompson Library Gallery. These range from an 18th century French fan with dance scenes to a top hat from A Chorus Line; from dance in notation to dance in 3D; and from costume and set designs to costumes and scenery. Other events will include an exhibit of work at the OSU Urban Arts Space by Bebe Miller, Distinguished Professor of Arts & Sciences at The Ohio State University, choreographer, and dance company director, and the Department of Dance Mershon performance Dance Uptown.

     

    Line Dancing can be viewed from Monday-Friday, 9am to 5 pm, with a special viewing on Friday, November 16th in tandem with Dance Uptown at Mershon Auditorium.

     

    Curated by Lucy Shelton Caswell, Professor Emerita, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

     

    Image shown:  Howie Schneider (1930-2007).  Eek and Meek (detail), January 16, 1983.  Ink on paper.  Howie Schneider Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

  • Remembering Ding Remembering Ding May 15, 2012 - August 24, 2012

    The Reading Room Gallery
    May 15, 2012 – August 24, 2012
    Jay N. “Ding” Darling (1876-1962) was regarded by many as America’s greatest political cartoonist during the first half of the twentieth century. A two-time Pulitzer winner, Ding repeatedly topped popularity polls throughout the Twenties and Thirties. He was also an influential conservationist and visionary founder of the National Wildlife Federation, and both conceived of and illustrated the first Federal Duck Stamp. The Jay N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Florida, is named in his honor. For more than four decades, he drew for the Des Moines Register and his cartoons were syndicated around the country for millions to see. Ding was a fiercely independent spirit and a progressive Republican who followed his conscience, not party dogma. This led him to take many surprising stands, such as impassioned support for the League of Nations.

    Please join us Thursday, May 17th at 7 pm, in the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum to celebrate the opening of Remembering Ding, an exhibition celebrating the life and legacy of Jay N. “Ding” Darling. This event will also commemorate the 50th anniversary of Ding Darling’s death, and celebrate the release of Richard Samuel West’s new book Iconoclast in Ink:  The Political Cartoons of Jay N. “Ding” Darling (which will be available for the first time at this event.) Join West at 7:30 pm that evening as he shares some of his favorite Ding cartoons and discusses the qualities in Ding’s work that made it so extraordinary. Iconoclast in Ink is a profusely illustrated volume celebrating Ding, published by The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. Come spend an hour learning about Ding’s wonderful work, in all its antic and powerful glory.

    Contact:  Jenny Robb
    The Ohio State University
    Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
    27 W. 17th Avenue Mall
    Columbus OH 43210-1343
    (614)292-0538
    cartoons@osu.edu

    About the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum: Our primary mission is to develop a comprehensive research collection of materials documenting American printed cartoon art (editorial cartoons, comic strips, comic books, graphic novels, sports cartoons, and magazine cartoons) and to provide access to these collections. The library is open Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. It is free and open to the public. See https://cartoons.osu.edu/ for further information. the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is located at 27 W. 17th Avenue , north of the Wexner Center’s main entrance. Parking is available at the Ohio Union garage.

  • Columbus Cartoonists: A Bicentennial Celebration Columbus Cartoonists: A Bicentennial Celebration January 23, 2012 - April 27, 2012

    The Reading Room Gallery
    January 23, 2012 – April 27, 2012
     

    An extraordinary number of notable cartoonists have lived, worked or been educated in Columbus, Ohio. In honor of the two hundredth anniversary of the city’s founding, this exhibition features original cartoon art and other artifacts created by many of them, including Billy Ireland, Milton Caniff, Harry J. Westerman, Eugene Craig, Doc Goodwin, Bill Crawford, Edwina Dumm, Dudley T. Fisher, and James Thurber.

  • Roy Doty: Inspired Lines Roy Doty: Inspired Lines September 19, 2011 - January 6, 2012

    The Reading Room Gallery
    September 19, 2011 – January 6, 2012
     

    The only artwork Roy Doty really cares about is the work that is currently on his drawing board. This is not to say that he does not enjoy looking at finished work. He takes great pride in what he has done. The fact is, however, that the act of creating now, in the present, brings him such pleasure and satisfaction that he cannot imagine doing anything else.

    Doty’s work cannot be pigeonholed. The cartoonist’s society did not think he was a cartoonist and the illustrators did not think he was an illustrator. In fact, he is both—and much more. Since 1945 he has been a successful free lance artist who never had an agent. He had his own television show, drew a comic strip for three years and won awards for his greeting card art. His advertising clients have included Ford, Macy’s, Perrier and Texas Instruments. At age 89 he is completing a book contract that requires more than 130 full-page, four-color illustrations. He draws a regular monthly magazine home improvement feature and a bi-monthly cartoon for a British publication. What has kept his art fresh is his clean line and flawless sense of design. Although much of Doty’s work was published in black and white, when he has the opportunity to use color, he excels.

    Columbus resident Roy Doty is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design. Most of the works included in Roy Doty:  Inspired Lines are from his personal collection. All art is Copyright © Roy Doty and used by permission.

    Curated by Lucy Shelton Caswell, Professor Emerita
    The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

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