Funny Papers at the ASU Art Museum this summer

Author: Michael Martin

Posted on: June 6, 2014
Last updated on: February 22nd, 2016 at 10:02 am


How many of us loved the Sunday edition of whatever local newspaper landed on our porch steps because it contained our favorite section, the funnies or comic strips? Much of the ASU Art Museum’s summer exhibition, Funny Papers, is devoted to famous funnies and their authors and illustrators, but there’s much more to it than the comics alone.

The exhibition is divided between the two first floor galleries and is truly multidimensional, featuring newspaper comic strips, political satire cartoons and works by key contemporary American and international artists that include references to cartoons and comic strips.

There are wonderful examples of  historical comic strips that are might conjure up fond Sunday morning recollections. Comic strips like Popeye, Felix the Cat, Archie, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Beetle Bailey with interesting information on the authors and artists who drew them, line the gallery walls.

Funny Papers also gives us remarkable examples of  political satire cartoons  by some of the foremost 18th, 19th and 20th century American and internationally known artists and print makers whose works poked fun at the politicians and issues of their times.

The exhibition has been masterfully assembled from the museum’s impressive permanent collection by curator Jean Makin. It’s interesting, entertaining and an incredible sampling of great art mixed with social commentary. Funny Papers will be up through September 6, 2014. Summer hours are  11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Wednesday–Saturday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Families can enjoy a hands-on creative experience at upcoming First Saturdays for Families held in conjunction with the Funny Papers exhibition. The programs are free and geared to children ages 4-12 and their families. All materials are provided and participants can take home their artwork. No registration required – just show up and enjoy!

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Pedro Alvarez, "African Abstract," 2002.

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