Past Exhibits

  • 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.

    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

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

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

    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.

  • 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).

    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.

    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.

  • 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.

    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.

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