Our coveted Tang Museum has a new exhibit opening this week entitled Graphic Jews: Negotiating Identity in Sequential Art. The exhibit features a number of accomplished graphic novelists depicting Jewish identity and life through their works. Skidmore’s website explains:
Drawing on the long history of Jews and comics, these works combine words and pictures into what Will Eisner, one of the masters of the form, called “sequential art.” This exhibition invites a closer look at sequential art and offers insight into some of the many ways Jews have figured and reconfigured their Jewish identities through historical fiction and personal narrative.
The artists range from Ben Katchor, a cartoonist for the New Yorker, to James Sturm, co-founder of the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont, to Vanessa Davis, to Leela Corman, as well as a slew of other professional writers, artists, and cartoonists. Along with the exhibit, Katchor, Sturm, and Corman will be a part of a panel discussion taking place Thursday, Feb. 6th at 7:30 pm in the Payne Room.
Apparently there’s a long and storied tradition of Jewish cartoonists using their dynamic medium to express Jewish identity and cultural history. Definitely check out the exhibit, running until April 13th.