Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Drawing Back: Cartoon Critiques of America

June 9 - September 23, 2006
Opening Reception, June 9 2006, 6 pm!
Press Preview, June 9 2006, 12-5 pm

An exhibition in two parts:

Why Do They Hate US?
Views from the international media. A survey exhibition of recent editorial cartoons from around the world. Organized by the Cartoon Art Museum

Protest Posters by Mike Flugennock
Views from the street. Political resistance cartoon posters from DC's own maverick artist.

Cartoon Film Series, Fridays from July 7 2006, 7 pm

Check www.provisionslibrary.org/ for additional programs, updated schedule and the press release.

Just Film: A Teach-In
Saturday, June 24 2006, 10 am - 4 pm
Explore the poetics, politics and practice of films for change!

As forms of graphic social protest, political cartoons include at least two elements: caricature, which parodies the individual, and allusion, which creates the situation or the context into which the individual is placed. While the origins of caricature can be traced back to the early Renaissance, political cartoons of a more editorial nature developed with the Protestant Reformation (and its use of visual propaganda) and flourished with the rise of 19th C. print media. But whether they deal with the corruption of Boss Tweed in the Tammany Hall scandal, the turmoil of the Great Depression and World War I, or the Vietnam (and now the Iraq) war -- social upheaval has always provided the best ink for the political cartoonist‚s pen. In turn, cartoons themselves (as the recent Danish controversy showed) often serve as lightning rods for burning political controversies and ethnic conflicts of the day. This week‚s selections point to some (illustrated) moments in the social history of this important art genre.

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