Wonder Women: On Page and Off
Pittsburgh, December 16th- The ToonSeum, Pittsburgh’s museum of comic and cartoon art is proud to present, Wonder Women: On Page and Off.
The exhibit is an exploration of the role of women as artists and in the workplace of the comics industry, and the way the way women have been portrayed in the art form of comics.
Comics provide yet another example of the roller coaster of gender constructs that hindered women. Since the turn of the 20th century, women have inched their way into the industry despite the many hurdles placed in front of them. Early female comic characters often appeared in minor, supportive roles, however, today there are many comic heroines as main characters.
In the 1940s, women made their way into the industry as artists and characters, altering the precedence for women in comics forever, only to be sent back home in the 1950s. It wasn’t until the 1990s that women pushed through the comic ceiling once and for all.
Thanks to Trina Robbinsʼ historical collection we will be able to honor the growth of female characters in comics at the ToonSeum. Our exhibit Wonder Women: On Page and Off explores the avenues women have made in the comic and graphic industries as artists and characters, merging history with exceptional art.
The exhibition is curated by Kathleen Adam of The Women’s Museum of California with further assistance from “herstorian” Trina Robbins and the ToonSeum staff.
Over 50 pieces of original art, representing a “her-storical” timeline of women artists will be shown, one of the largest such exhibition of women in comics ever presented.
The exhibition is especially profound for Pittsburgh as the home of the first African American Woman cartoonist, Jackie Ormes and the site for the creation of the iconic “We Can Do It” poster.
The exhibit will run January 4th-March 30th 2014. A private opening reception celebrating Pittsburgh’s Wonder Women will take place on January 4th.
Color Me Happy:
50’s Coloring Book Illustrations as Modern Memes
The 1950’s were a simpler and happier time. At least that’s what parents and grandparents have been telling us for the past several decades. Most of what the current generation knows of the 50’s is culled from witty memes using clip art inspired from that decade. But for children of the fifties they have fond memories of not clip art but coloring books filled with their favorite celebrities. The ToonSeum returns to that nostalgic era with an exhibition of original coloring book art from Western Publishing with the ToonSeum adding a modern comedic twist!
Much of the artwork in this exhibition was created by Florence Sarah Winship, while her name may not be immediately recognizable, she was a prolific illustrator creating hundreds of children’s books and coloring books for Western and Whitman Publishing.
Featuring iconic celebrities of the day such as Dinah Shore, Doris Day, Howdy Doody and Soupy Sales as well as scenes from daily life, coloring books are a snapshot of a time gone by, and a chance to view a generation through the rose crayon colored glasses of their childhood.
While the art is interesting, the captions needed a little punching up and updating! The ToonSeum has invited some of Pittsburgh brightest and funniest comedic minds to create their own captions for the artwork on display! Jimmy Krenn, Rick Sebak, Terry Jones, Gab Bonesso, Rob Rogers, Aaron Kleiber, Mike Buzelli, Eric Heyl, and the Arcade Comedy Theater are just a few of the comedians lending their talent to this exhibition.
Guests are also invited to add their own captions, with the best ones being posted on the ToonSeum facebook.
“This is one of the most unique and interactive exhibitions we have ever presented.” Said ToonSeum executive director Joe Wos.” It is a chance for our guests to express their own sense of humor and become a part of the exhibition as well!”
The exhibition opens on January 24th, followed by an evening of Kartoon Karaoke.
Exhibit will close March 16th.
A limited number of Pittsburgh Comedy Coloring Books as well as original Soupy Sales coloring books will be available for purchase with all proceeds benefiting the ToonSeum.