STILL…Racism in America: A Retrospective in Cartoons

Title treatment "STILL" in Brumsic Brandon, Jr.'s script with a stylized face drawn between the "Ls"
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
Sullivant Hall, Robinson Gallery, room 210
1813 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43210

May 21, 2022 - October 23, 2022
Exhibit Hours: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays, OPEN Wednesday–Sunday 1:00–5:00pm
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Pioneering father/daughter cartoonists Brumsic Brandon Jr. (1927– 2014) and Barbara Brandon-Croft (1958– ) chronicled the nation’s cultural landscape in their comic strips through the lens of racism. The elder Brandon, who created Luther in the late sixties, and was later syndicated by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate until 1986, was also known for his blistering editorial cartoons. Where I’m Coming From is the work of his youngest daughter, the nation’s first Black woman cartoonist in the mainstream press; it debuted in 1989 in the Detroit Free Press. Universal Press Syndicate later distributed her provocative feature until 2005. For six decades, their respective pens lay bare the truth: Nothing has changed. This retrospective reveals how vividly the specter of racism remains in America... STILL.  

This exhibition originated at Medialia Gallery in New York City. The Ohio State University’s installation will include original Luther cartoons from the Brumsic Brandon, Jr. Collection at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. STILL is curated by Tara Nakashima Donahue. 

Save the Date: Opening reception and program with Barbara Brandon-Croft and Tara Nakashima Donahue at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum on Saturday, May 21 at 6 p.m.