Abusing Power: Satirical Journals from the Special Collections Library
On exhibit through 11 April in the Perkins Gallery at Perkins Library during library hours
Duke’s outstanding collection of satirical magazines offers a panoramic view of international journalistic caricature from its origins in the 1830s to the present day. This show surveys the spectrum of comic journalism, examining the visual languages of graphic satire, and investigating its rhetorical power.
The Perkins exhibit is curated by Neil McWilliam, Walter H. Annenberg Professor in the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies with the assistance of some of his students and coincides with an exhibition of contemporary and historical graphic satire at Duke’s Nasher Museum.
The Nasher exhibition, developed by Duke and UNC undergraduate seniors and graduate students, will feature works from the founding moment of journalistic caricature -- the campaign mounted by Daumier and his contemporaries against French monarch Louis-Philippe (1830-1848) -- and compare them to cartoons of the Clinton and Bush presidencies. The Duke students working on the exhibit are enrolled in McWilliam’s visual studies course, "From Caricature to Comic Strip."
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