Lines with Power and Purpose

In an age of memes, satire and political polarization, Lines with Power and Purpose: Editorial Cartoons illustrates historical battles amid politics and popular opinion. It represents a bygone era when printed matter was the status quo and cartoonists were part of the newsroom staff. Featuring fifty-one original editorial cartoons from metropolitan newspapers in the United States, the exhibition spans across two world wars and the great depression. It illustrates discontent with the US government, presidential elections, and daily work-related battles with dualistic intentions: to provide welcomed comic relief as well as shape opinion.

Included in this exhibition are six Pulitzer Prize winners for editorial cartooning, among others. The collection has been culled from the Melton Gallery at the University of Central Oklahoma, which has housed the cartoons for more than three decades.

A Program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and The National Endowment for the Arts

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