“It was like a time machine,” when seeing more than five decades of work, said one of the exhibit’s co-curators, Elizabeth “Beth” Hutton Turner, University Professor of Art History.
This exhibition celebrates the library’s recent acquisition and shows how and why Oliphant became the most widely syndicated, most influential political cartoonist in America.
Panels covering the gallery’s bay window are made of a type of screen that blocks direct sunlight and can have photos reproduced on them. For this exhibit, the panels’ screens recreate his studio at home with photos taken last year. In front of them stands the only piece on loan from Oliphant (rather than part of the donated archive): one of his drawing boards, which shows his imagination at play.