Traveling Exhibitions

The Cartoon Art Museum’s 30-year history began with traveling exhibits, and we continue that tradition today with a variety of new exhibitions designed to travel to venues worldwide! The following exhibitions and more are available for your museum, gallery, library or other public spaces.

For more details about renting an existing traveling exhibition or to commission a new one, contact us at gallery@cartoonart.org.

 
 

Draw Me A Story:
A Century of Children’s book Illustration

A good children’s picture book still has the power to whisk young minds off to another time and place—even in today’s world of computer games and high-definition TV.

Draw Me a Story: A Century of Children’s Book Illustration explores one hundred years of bold adventures, classic fairy tales, amazing animals, and imaginative ABCs, all seen through the eyes of forty-one artists who created works especially for children

From the collection of Malcolm Whyte.

Organized by Cartoon Art Museum founder Malcolm Whyte, Draw Me a Story presents 43 original works of art and 10 books as a thematic and nostalgic journey through the history of children’s book illustrators and illustration techniques.

The exhibition starts with artists Ralph Caldecott and Kate Greenaway—two of the most popular illustrators of the late nineteenth century, both of whom now have children’s literary awards named after them. Twentieth-century artists include innovators like W.W. Denslow, William Steig and Chris Van Allsburg. Styles featured in the exhibition range from the delicate watercolors of Kate Greenaway’s Hush-a-Bye, Baby to the evocative pen and ink visions of Jules Feiffer.

Draw Me a Story also explores the process of illustration and its evolution over time, from simple, traditional media to more experimental combinations of pen, pencil, paint, and ink.

Draw Me a Story is a family-friendly exhibition with a checklist that also includes Edward Ardizzone, Lois Lenski, Tomie DePaola, Maurice Sendak, Rosemary Wells and Patrick McDonnell. Audiences of all ages will come to your door, and leave with smiles on their faces.

From the collection of Malcolm Whyte.

 
 

MazeToons

The Cartoon Art Museum presents MazeToons, the interactive puzzle comic by famed cartoonist Joe Wos! This “game-changing” exhibition is designed to harness the power of play and inspire collaborative learning across generations. MazeToons, a unique addition to the funny pages that is part cartoon and part puzzle, is distributed by Creators Syndicate and appears in newspapers across the country.  Joe’s cartoons incorporate characters, holidays and other pop culture references into each maze. The exhibition includes 50 prints of MazeToons artwork, framed and ready for installation.

Joe Wos,  Monkey King MazeToon , 2016.

Joe Wos, Monkey King MazeToon, 2016.

 
 

Bizarro by Dan Piraro

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Dan Piraro’s Bizarro is a surreal comic panel where eyeballs hover, dynamite sizzles, upside-down birds soar and a slice of pie hides in every corner. Bizarro is the means by which cartoonist Dan Piraro unleashes both his secret symbols and uniquely eccentric view of the world on comics fans every day. Highly praised for its detail-driven artwork and off-the-wall humor, Bizarro has massive appeal among audiences who enjoy alternative humor.

The exhibition includes 16 pieces of Piraro’s original artwork from the daily strips, framed and ready for installation.

Dan Piraro,  Bizarro , August 16, 2000.

Dan Piraro, Bizarro, August 16, 2000.

 
 

Kodansha ManGA Gallery

The Kodansha Manga Gallery showcases the intricacy and detail of the art of Japanese comics (manga) through full-page pen-and-ink story pages and full-color paintings and digital illustrations, all courtesy of Kodansha Advanced Media. The exhibition addresses the range of both art styles and subject matter in manga’s diverse genres, from science fiction to fantasy to everyday life.

This exhibition includes 40 reproductions from Kodansha’s archives, matted and ready for installation, featuring some of the most important titles in the medium of manga, from classics such as Masamune Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell, Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira and Naoko Takeuchi’s Sailor Moon, to modern hits such as Hiroya Oku’s Inuyashiki and Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan. For a look at the exhibition’s first run at the San Francisco offices of Kodansha Comics, please visit kodanshacomics.com/gallery.

Chūya Koyama,  Space Brothers  cover illustration, 2016.

Chūya Koyama, Space Brothers cover illustration, 2016.