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Government Humor: Hofstra University Museum Presents An Exhibit of Editorial Cartoons

The Hofstra University Museum presents Political Slant II: Editorial Cartoons, October 4, 2016-March 12, 2017, in conjunction with this year’s presidential election. This original exhibition, on display at the David Filderman Gallery, features current works by award-winning editorial cartoonists and highlights their take on our current national political election process, candidates, and key issues.

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Thomas Nast (American, 1840-1902), War. Military Glory. Harper’s Weekly, 1870, Wood engraving, 17 x 11 in., Courtesy of Hofstra University Special Collections 

Political Slant II focuses on topics such as elections, education, the economy, war, and civil rights. The exhibition also includes 19th century editorial cartoons by Thomas Nast (considered to be the “Father of the American Cartoon”), along with contemporary offerings by Pulitzer Prize-winner Matt Davies of Newsday; Pulitzer Prize-winner Walt Handelsman of the New Orleans Advocate and formerly of Newsday; Pulitzer Prize-winner Mike Keefe, known for his work at The Denver Post (1975-2011), as well as Time, Newsweek, Business Week, US News and World Report, The New York Times, USA Today and The Washington Post; Steve Kelley, whose political cartoons are distributed by Creators Syndicate to more than 100 newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, and Newsweek), and Signe Wilkinson, the first female to win the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning (1992), known for her work at the Philadelphia Daily News.

An opening reception for the exhibition will take place on Thursday, October 27, 2016, 4-6 p.m. with Lawrence Levy, Executive Dean, National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University serving as guest host and speaker.  He is a frequent commentator on this current national presidential election on both Cablevision Channel 12 and National Public Radio. This event is free and open to the public.

Political Slant II: Editorial Cartoons highlights today’s headlines and issues with pointed satire and humor,” said Hofstra University Museum Executive Director Beth E. Levinthal. “Utilizing their talents, our featured artists give audiences insight into the important issues of our day in a manner that invites us to reconsider our viewpoints.  We thank the New York Community Bank Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts for their generous support in bringing this exhibition to the public.”

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Thomas Nast (American, 1840-1902), Stranger Things Have Happened, Harper’s Weekly, 1879 Wood engraving, 17 x 11 in., Courtesy of Hofstra University Libraries Special Collections

The David Filderman Gallery is located on the ninth floor of the Axinn Library, located on Hofstra’s South Campus. For more information on this exhibit and associated public programs please call (516) 463-5672, or visit the Hofstra University website at www.hofstra.edu/museum.

Hofstra University Museum has been awarded the highest honor a museum can receive, continued accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). Approximately 3% of museums nationwide have earned this distinguished recognition. Accreditation certifies that the Hofstra University Museum operates according to professional standards, manages its collections responsibly and provides quality service to the public.

Top image: Walt Handelsman: You’re a Mess!, May 20, 2016, Courtesy of the artist

About the author

Ginny Greenberg

Ginny Greenberg is director of public relations and an alumna of Hofstra University.

Email her at prpgse@hofstra.edu .

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