Library Exhibits

Jews and American Comics:
An Exhibition of Popular Art

This exhibit was mounted from November 4 to December 14, 2008 in the John Hay Library

Based on the collections of the John Hay Library, this exhibit captured the contributions Jewish writers and artists made to comic art since its origin in the Yiddish press of the early 1900s.

On display were examples of the art form drawn from the Hay's collection of more than 70,000 comic books, Artists whose work was included in the exhibit include Rube Goldberg, Harvey Kurtzman, Al Capp, Will Eisner, Trina Robbins and Aline Kominsky Crumb, on display in works from Action Comics to Mad Magazine to the Vault of Horror.

On Sunday, November 16, 2-4, the student curators -- Randy Alevi, Lara Danielle Fox, Franklin Kanin, Kaitlyn Laabs, Chelsea Miro, Cassie Owens, Emily M. Paiz and Ben Stein -- held an exhibition open house, to which the public was invited.

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Related Exhibit:
Jews and American Comics: The New Generations, at the John Nicholas Brown Center's Carriage House Gallery at Brown University, presents images of recent comic book art. It considers the ways the artists address social issues -- violence, prejudice, the threat of war, environmental devastation, and media manipulation -- as well as issues of individual and collective identity and Jewish history. Artists in this show include Zuni Maud, Lauren Weinstein, and Peter Kuper. This exhibits runs from November 21 through February 1, 2009.

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