AUTHentic Philly: Tony Auth’s Cartoons of Philadelphia

Open now, over 40 works of Pulitzer Prize winner and cartoonist Tony Auth will be on view in the Museum’s Played in Philadelphia Gallery in the new exhibition, AUTHentic Philly: Tony Auth’s Cartoons of Philadelphia. Visitors can explore editorial and political cartoons drawn for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 1972 to 2013, interact with digital elements highlighting Auth’s work today, view Auth’s drawing table, and create their own cartoon for display.

Tony Auth's cartoon's, seemingly simple and always direct, have influenced public opinion and politicians for more than 40 years. "Our job is not to amuse our readers," Auth says of a national artistic heritage of editorial cartooning that began with Benjamin Franklin in 1754. "Our mission is to stir them, inform and inflame them." He creates award-winning work that regularly changes the way we see the world, but it has appeared on the cheapest paper imaginable. Newspapers are full of important topical information, but are not meant to survive the day or the week, yet Auth has created a body of work that has stood the test of time. Today his work appears primarily in the digital world, and it bookmarks itself in our brain as well as our browser. - David Leopold

The exhibition runs through January 2014.

Opening Reception, October 11, 2013 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Tickets $10, Museum Members FREE


This exhibition was organized by the James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Guest Curator: David Leopold

The James A. Michener Art Museum collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits American art, with a focus on art of the Bucks County region. The museum presents changing exhibitions that explore a variety of artistic expressions, and offers a diverse program of educational activities that seeks to develop a lifelong involvement in the arts as well as nurture a wide range of audiences. We also seek to educate our community about nationally and internationally known Bucks County artists of all creative disciplines. The James A. Michener Art Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums.

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The Art of Tony Auth: To Stir, Inform and Inflame
A retrospective of Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Tony Auth will be the first exhibition ever mounted at WHYY’s Technology Center on Independence Mall. Spanning a half century, The Art of Tony Auth: To Stir, Inform and Inflame is a thought-provoking exhibition of 150 pieces. Running September 24 to November 8 at WHYY in Philadelphia, the exhibition presents a wide range of Auth's work, including drawings, paintings, prints, and digital animation. Visit WHYY.org/tonyauth for details.