I had the good fortune to spend a little time last week in “Timely and Timeless,” an exhibition of comic art in the new Graphic Arts Galleries in the Thomas Jefferson Building. The works on exhibit are drawn from the abundance of cartoons and comics the Prints & Photographs Division has acquired over the last decade. These new acquisitions on display exemplify and build on the Library’s holdings in political and social satire, comic strips, and caricature.
With exhibit space for fewer than 50 works of art, Curator of Popular and Applied Graphic Art Martha Kennedy faced a daunting challenge in selection. Recognizing this challenge, Kennedy hopes that those able to visit the exhibition “will enjoy the experience of seeing the original cartoon and comics drawings up close and in person, and be encouraged to explore the Library’s vast collections of comic art in its online resources (PPOC, online exhibitions). The exhibit gives a tip of the iceberg look at the amazing variety of form and content to be found in these kinds of popular imagery.” Pay a visit — it will be time well-spent!
“Timely and Timeless: New Comic Art Acquisitions”
Graphic Arts Galleries
Thomas Jefferson Building
September 15, 2011 – March 10, 2012
Read the press release announcing “Timely and Timeless: New Comic Art Acquisitions” Opens at Library of Congress, Sept. 15.
See these collections in the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog:
- Cartoon Drawings
- Cartoon Drawings: Swann Collection of Caricature and Cartoon
- Cartoon Drawings: Herblock Collection
Learn how to conduct Cartoon-related Research at the Library of Congress in this guide from the Researcher’s Toolbox.
Update: Since this post, an online exhibition for Timely & Timeless has gone live.