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[teacherartexchange] Editorial/Political Cartoons by Herb Block


From: Judy Decker (judy.decker_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Sep 08 2006 - 08:52:54 PDT

Dear Art Educators,

This new online exhibit was featured in Scout Report.

11. Enduring Outrage: Editorial Cartoons by Herblock

Legendary political cartoonist Herb Block left no pressing issue (or
political party) unturned during his long career, which spanned most of the
20th century. Along the way, he picked up three Pulitzer Prizes, including
one in 1973 that he won with his Washington Post colleagues for their
coverage of the Watergate scandal. In 2002, the Herb Block Foundation
donated over 14,000 of his original drawings and more than 50,000
preparatory sketches to the Library of Congress. A very small, yet
excellent, selection of some of those renderings may be viewed at this site,
which complements an in situ exhibit at the American Treasures Gallery in
Washington, D.C. The drawings here include several that deal with the
nuclear power plant disaster at Chernobyl, the Republican Party's so-called
"Contract with America" in the 1990s, and television campaign
advertisements. Each drawing is accompanied by a brief explanation of the
work, along with specific information on when each cartoon originally
appeared. A timeline of Herb Block's life and a checklist of objects that
are included in the exhibit round out the site. The site might also be well
used by political science and government in order to complement more
traditional classroom materials. [KMG]

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2006.

The physical exhibition is on display in the American Treasures
Gallery from July 17, 2006 until January 20, 2007.


Judy Decker

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