Historical & Contemporary
September 30 – November 5, 2016
Chaffee Art Center announces the opening of its Political Cartoon Exhibit. Featuring both historical cartoons from Amity Art Foundation and contemporary cartoons by Steve Halford. The exhibit will open on September 30, 2016 with a reception from 5 PM to 7 PM and will run through November 5, 2016.
Amity Art Foundation has sponsored this exhibit featuring the collection from its founder/director’s, John A. Stewarts’ collection. Consisting of work from both Bill Crawford (1913-1982) and William Newton Canfield which originally appeared in the Newark News and the Newark Star Ledger in the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, and syndicated in more than 700 newspapers by the Newspaper Enterprise Association. These historical cartoons capture the issues of yesterday and mirror many of the political issues of today, while depicting historical heavyweights such as Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Robert Taft, Lyndon Johnson, Barry Goldwater, and Nelson Rockefeller.
Steve Halford’s political cartoon posters have been used in area environmental protests. With a heavy focus on the environment and Vermont Politics these cartoons offer the insight into some of the current dilemmas we face regionally, including forest use, energy consumption, and resource rights. Steve Halford lives in Wallingford, Vermont, is a Chaffee Juried Artist Member, and lives a political active life.
Our Eye on Nature: Photographs by Steve Costello Pop-Up Exhibit has been well received and will remain up during our Political Cartoon Exhibit.
Chaffee Art Center galleries are open Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday, 11 AM to 5 PM and Saturday, 11 AM to 3 PM.