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Kim A. Munson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496828118

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496828118.001.0001

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The Evolution of Comics Art Exhibitions in the United States, 1930–1951

The Evolution of Comics Art Exhibitions in the United States, 1930–1951

(p.66) The Evolution of Comics Art Exhibitions in the United States, 1930–1951
Comic Art in Museums

Kim A. Munson

University Press of Mississippi

This 2018 essay by art historian Kim A. Munson shares the details of her research on exhibits of original comic art in U.S. museums and galleries from 1930-1954.  This chapter discusses several shows of the 1930’s from Thomas Nast at the Whitney (1932) to the display of the first Walt Disney animation cel purchased by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1939). This chapter discusses World War II exhibits at the Metropolitan. This chapter discusses The Comic Strip: Its Ancient and Honorable Lineage and Present Significance, organized for the American Institute of Graphic Arts by Jessie Gillespie Willing (AIGA, 1942), which is a touring exhibit with historical works, comics, and comic books. Milton Caniff was a pioneer and advocate of comics exhibits representing himself (The Art of Terry and the Pirates 1939-1946) and  later with the newly formed National Cartoonist Society organizing many shows including 20,000 Years of Comics (1949 Savings Bond Tour), and American Cartooning (Met Museum, 1951).

Keywords:   Metropolitan Museum, Walt Disney, Milton Caniff, American Cartooning, National Cartoonist Society

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