EXHIBIT: Comics as Political Stories

May 25th, 2007 by Larry Smith

425498971_40d9559739_m.jpgI just caught the “Comic Abstraction: Image Breaking, Image Making” exhibit at NYC’s Museum of Modern Art. The exhibit looks at how different comic artists—Juan Munoz, Polly Apfelbaum (that’s her ode to the Powerpuff girls on the right), Gary Simmons, and other masters of their craft—have used humor to confront political concerns of their time. It feels relevant to what we’re doing with A.D., even though “comic” and “humor” are not always the same thing (a notion we’ve been realizing many people don’t get at first). I saw the 30 or so pieces in person, but the MOMA’s beautiful treatment of it online, with interviews with the artists and audio curation, is an excellent way to experience this exhibit.

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