NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS FIRST MAJOR MUSEUM EXHIBITION
FEATURING CARTOONS BY MORT GERBERG
Mort Gerberg Cartoons: A New Yorker’s Perspective
On View February 15 – May 5, 2019
New York, NY – January 17, 2019 – The first major museum exhibition featuring the work of Mort Gerberg, one of America’s most popular and beloved cartoonists, will be on view at the New-York Historical Society February 15 – May 5. Throughout his career Gerberg’s work has been drawn from subjects ranging from social consciousness to music and sports. Known for combining artistry with intuitive wit, he chronicles and comments on contemporary events that become history. The more than 120 published cartoons, drawings, and sketch reportage featured in the exhibition cover a wide range of topics, such as life in New York City, women’s rights, old age, and politics.
Born in Brooklyn in 1931, Gerberg’s work has been regularly featured in The New Yorker, the Saturday Evening Post, and the Saturday Review, and numerous other publications. He has drawn syndicated newspaper comic strips, on television shows and websites, and edited or illustrated 45 books for adults and children, including his respected Cartooning: The Art and the Business. Gerberg also taught cartooning for 15 years at the Parsons School of Design.
Publications & Partnerships
Fantagraphics Underground is publishing a new book, Mort Gerberg On the Scene: A 50-Year Cartoon Chronicle, in conjunction with the exhibition, which was curated by Marilyn Satin Kushner, curator and head, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections of the New-York Historical Society. Books, notecards, mugs, and other gifts featuring Mort Gerberg’s work are available from the NYHistory Store.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Brooklyn-based retailer UncommonGoods is offering an exclusive collection of framed art prints—12 illustrations, each a limited edition of 10, signed by Gerberg. With each purchase from this collection, UncommonGoods will donate $10 to the New-York Historical Society. UncommonGoods and Gerberg are longtime collaborators. The retailer first partnered with the award-winning cartoonist to create an exclusive collection of glassware that personifies the Seven Deadly Sins, as illustrated by Gerberg. UncommonGoods offers creative designs by independent makers. Started in 1999 by CEO David Bolotsky, it’s also a founding B Corporation. To learn more about UncommonGoods please visit www.uncommongoods.com.
Generous support for this exhibition provided by The Field Family Foundation. Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Seymour Neuman Endowed Fund, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.
About the New-York Historical Society
The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s preeminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.
IMAGE CAPTION: Mort Gerberg, “No, not a ‘D’ – it’s a ‘B’! You know, like in Beowulf…Botticelli…Brahams…”, cartoon for the Saturday Review, 1965