Masters Of American Comics Programs Continue At The Jewish Museim

Official Press Release

In conjunction with the landmark, two-part exhibition, Masters of American Comics, The Jewish Museum in New York City is offering a series of programs featuring live appearances by prominent comics artists.

Thursday, November 2 at 6:30 pm

Panel Discussion


Jules Feiffer, editorial cartoonist, playwright, and novelist; Irwin Hasen, one of the great golden age cover artists for the Green Lantern comic book series and co-creator of the newspaper strip Dondi; Jerry Robinson guest curator of the Superheroes: Good and Evil in American Comics exhibition (on view at The Jewish Museum during the same time period as Masters of American Comics) and creator of the Joker; and moderator Gerard Jones, author of Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book speak about an extraordinary period in American popular culture, from 1938 to 1950, when Superman and Batman first appeared.

Tickets: $11 general public; $9 students/over 65; $5 Jewish Museum members

Thursday, November 16 at 6:30 pm

Panel Discussion


The Mildred and George Weissman Program

Trina Robbins, writer, pop-culture historian and author of The Great Women Cartoonists; Leela Corman, author of the graphic novels, Queen's Day and Subway Stories; Sabrina Jones, cartoonist and editor of World War 3 Illustrated and Girltalk; Joan Hilty, creator of the comic strip Bitter Girl and an editor at DC Comics; and moderator Laura Hoptman, Senior Curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, explore the contributions of women to the comic medium.

Tickets: $11 general public; $9 students/over 65; $5 Jewish Museum members

Thursday, December 7 at 6:30 pm

Comic Conversation:


Though the history of American newspaper comics generally focuses on New York and the West Coast as its centers of development, the city of Chicago (with its inherent geographical inferiority complex) not only added to, but essentially codified what is thought of as the modern comic strip. City of Chicago Cultural Historian Timothy Samuelson and cartoonist Chris Ware, both Chicagoans, discuss these influences and confluences in terms of the cartoonists presented in Masters of American Comics from the turn of the century to the present day.

Chris Ware is the award-winning artist and author of Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth. He is also the author of The Acme Novelty Datebook, Quimby the Mouse, and editor of the 13th issue of McSweeney's. Timothy Samuelson, former curator of architecture and design at the Chicago Historical Society and now the Cultural Historian of the City of Chicago, is an eminent architectural historian who specializes in the work of Louis Sullivan.

Tickets: $15 general public; $12 Students/over 65; $10 Jewish Museum members

The Jewish Museum is located at Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street, NYC. For further information regarding programs at The Jewish Museum, the public may call 212.423.3337. Tickets for programs at The Jewish Museum can be purchased online at the Museum's Web site, www.thejewishmuseum.org.

An infrared assistive listening system for the hearing impaired is available for programs in The Jewish Museum's S. H. and Helen R. Scheuer Auditorium.

One of America's great popular art forms is being given its first major museum examination in the landmark, two-part exhibition, Masters of American Comics, on view simultaneously at The Jewish Museum in New York City and The Newark Museum in Newark, New Jersey through January 28, 2007. By focusing on 14 of the most innovative and influential artists, the exhibition vividly conveys how comics have developed into a quintessential component of American culture. Artists represented are: Winsor McCay, Lyonel Feininger, George Herriman, E.C. Segar, Frank King, Chester Gould, Milton Caniff, Charles M. Schulz, Will Eisner, Jack Kirby, Harvey Kurtzman, R. Crumb, Gary Panter and Chris Ware. Comic strips from the first half of the 20th century are being shown at The Newark Museum, and comic books from the 1950s onward are being featured at The Jewish Museum. Masters of American Comics was jointly organized by the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA).

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