Worth a Thousand Words: American Political Cartoons
November 3, 2012 - January 6, 2013Graphics Gallery
From the Michael Kelly Collection
Worth a Thousand Words explores the history of American political cartoons in the 19th and early 20th century from the collection of Michael Kelly. In the pages of popular magazines, such as Harper's Weeklyand Puck, cartoonists sought to influence public opinion through the use of widely and instantly understood imagery. Several works in the exhibition were created by Thomas Nast (1840–1902), who defined American political cartooning in the 19th century. Through Nast's work for Harper's Weekly, he popularized such American political symbols as the Republican elephant and the Democratic donkey.