The College is preparing to unveil its annual Masters Series Award exhibition, honoring a groundbreaking—but largely unrecognized—visual communicator of our times. This year’s retrospective exhibition honors Jules Feiffer, one of America’s most prolific and influential political cartoonists and social satirists. The show brings together early works on paper, cartoon strips, watercolors, posters from his film and stage productions, and book illustrations, including drawings from his new book, The Long Chalkboard and Other Stories (Pantheon), which is a collaboration between Feiffer and his wife, author Jenny Allen. “For me, it’s all about the immediacy of the line and capturing the emotion of the moment,” says Feiffer of his work. “And the text and image must work together. Even a gorgeous illustration, if it doesn’t complement the text, is a failure.”
The exhibition will be on view at the Visual Arts Museum, 209 East 23rd Street, October 24 – December 2, with an opening reception on Tuesday, October 24, 6 – 8pm. There will also be a gala dinner honoring Feiffer on October 24, 7pm, at The University Club (for tickets call 212.260.7607 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org), and a lecture and book signing by the artist on Thursday, October 26, 6:30pm, in the Amphitheater, 209 East 23rd Street, 3rd floor.
Image: Jules Feiffer, We now pause for la, a dance to Spring, 1989.