The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum will be hosting a major exhibition on cartoonists and the First Amendment in 2019. Co-curated by Lucy Caswell and Ann Telnaes, "The Front Line: Editorial Cartoonists and the First Amendment " will run for six months in 2019 in the lead-up to CXC and the AAEC Convention at The Ohio State University.
Members of the AAEC, NCS, and professional cartoonists nationwide, are invited to submit contemporary cartoons on the significance of the First Amendment protections for speech and press. For consideration, email up to 5 lo-res files to email@example.com by the end of this month.
–> Deadline to submit work for consideration to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum exhibit is AUGUST 31, 2018 <–
The Front Line: Editorial Cartoonists and the First Amendment
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, April 20—October 27, 2019
What do an outhouse parody, burning the American flag and decorating a wedding cake have in common? Each has been the focus of a First Amendment case reviewed by the United States Supreme Court.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. —Amendment I, United States Constitution, 1791
First Amendment protections for speech and press relating to editorial cartoons are the focus of this exhibition. How have editorial cartoonists responded to historic First Amendment questions? What do current discussions about issues such as political correctness, social media, trigger warnings, Wiki leaks, white supremacist rallies, fake news and libel have to do with editorial cartoons? Why does it matter?
The Founders included guarantees of free speech and press in the Bill of Rights in order to assure that American citizens would know what their government was doing. In addition, some have noted that the First Amendment exists to protect unpopular, even offensive, viewpoints that are outside the mainstream, which needs no protection.
In a democracy, the role of the editorial cartoonist is to inform, persuade and advocate. Editorial cartoons are signed statements of the personal opinions of their creators, created to challenge readers, whether in print or on-line, to think about current events. Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist David Horsey once said his job was to “poke people in the eye” with his cartoons. The public debate engendered by the metaphorical eye-poke of editorial cartoons is an important part of the American political dialogue intended to produce informed voters.
From the anti-cartoon laws of the early twentieth century and the World War I suppression of cartoons published in The Masses to Hustler Magazine, Inc. v. Falwell, this exhibition uses works from the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum’s collections augmented by contemporary cartoons by members of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists to invite visitors to consider thoughtfully the significance of the First Amendment protections for speech and press.
The co-curators of the exhibition are Ann Telnaes and Lucy Shelton Caswell. Deadline to submit work for consideration to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum exhibit is AUGUST 31, 2018. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Cartoon Crossroads Columbus and the convention of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists will be held jointly Sept. 26-29, 2019, in Columbus, OH.