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GRAPHIC DETAILS: CONFESSIONAL COMICS BY JEWISH WOMEN

October 1, 2010-January 30, 2011

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While the history of women in comics is well-documented, and the Jewish contribution to the art form widely acknowledged, Graphic Details:  Confessional Comics by Jewish Women will be the first museum exhibit to showcase the singular voices of female Jewish artists whose revealing diaristic and confessional work has influenced the world of comics over the last four decades.

Some bare their bodies.  Some expose their psyches.  All are fearless about sex, romance, politics, body functions, experiences, emotions, and desires.

Many of the original artworks on display have never been exhibited in public until this show.  Artists run the gamut from pioneering Wimmen’s Comix and Twisted Sisters artists of the 1970s and 1980s to superstar younger artists:

· Vanessa Davis (Spaniel Rage, Make Me a Woman) – USA

· Bernice Eisenstein (I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors) – Canada

· Sarah Glidden (How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less) – USA

· Miriam Katin (We Are On Our Own) – USA

· Aline Kominsky-Crumb (Twisted Sisters, comix pioneer)USA/France

· Miss Lasko-Gross (A Mess of Everything, Escape from Special) – USA

· Miriam Libicki (jobnik!) – Canada

· Corinne Pearlman (Jewish Quarterly) – UK

· Sarah Lightman (Dumped Before Valentine’s, Reciprocitea) – UK

· Sarah Lazarovic (Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen) – Canada

· Diane Noomin (Twisted Sisters, comix pioneer) – USA

· Trina Robbins (It Ain’t Me Babe, comix pioneer) – USA

· Racheli Rottner (The Other Side of the World) – Israel

· Sharon Rudahl (Wimmen’s Comix, comix pioneer) – USA

· Laurie Sandell (The Impostor’s Daughter) – USA

· Ariel Schrag (Awkward, Potential, Likewise) – USA

· Lauren Weinstein, (Goddess of War, Girl Stories) – USA

· Ilana Zeffren (Pink Story) – Israel



The Forward, the leading independent Jewish weekly newspaper and web site, is media sponsor, and will publish the show’s catalog as an eight-page newspaper broadsheet.

On October 21, the Cartoon Art Museum will host a panel on autobiography in comics featuring several of the featured artists, experts, and the curators.  Graphic Details is co-curated by Michael Kaminer, a New York journalist and collector whose December 2008 story on confessional comics in the Forward provided the impetus for the show.  His co-curator, Sarah Lightman, is an award-winning fine artist, curator and arts journalist based in London who is researching a PhD at The University of Glasgow in Autobiography in Comics.

“We’re very pleased to be the first venue for this exhibition,” said Cartoon Art Museum Curator Andrew Farago.  “We were interested in collaborating with Michael and Sarah based on their initial description of the exhibition, and knew that we had to get on board once they gave us a list of all of the artists who were involved.”

From the Forward story:  “While women have been writing frank confessional cartoons since the early 1970s, the context has changed. Brutal sexism defined underground comics back then, with females mostly depicted as fawning objects for a largely male readership. Blunt confessional comics were a throat-grab from women who dared male readers to confront real, unvarnished female characters.

“Today’s autobiographical comics come as less of a cultural jolt. For one thing, women have become a formidable presence in comics. Personal problems have also supplanted gender politics as a dominant theme. But these young artists are just as ruthlessly honest, presenting their bodies as nakedly as their emotions. They’re also finding a new crop of audiences, weaned on blogs and tell-all Facebook pages, even hungrier for first-person intimacy.”

The show will run until January 2011 in San Francisco, when it moves to Toronto’s Koffler Centre for the Arts, one of Canada’s leading cultural institutions.

The Cartoon Art Museum is located at 655 Mission Street (between New Montgomery-3rd Streets) in San Francisco. Telephone:  415-CARTOON.  cartoonart.org <http://cartoonart.org/visit/> .



About the Cartoon Art Museum

Founded in 1984, the Cartoon Art Museum is the only museum in the western United States dedicated to cartoons and comics.  The Museum was started by a group of cartoonists and collectors who wanted to share their appreciation of this unique art form with the rest of the world.  The Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, study and exhibition of original cartoon art in all forms to benefit historians, cartoonists, journalists, artists, collectors and the general public.

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GRAPHIC DETAILS:  Confessional Comics by Jewish Women

Roster of Artists


Vanessa Davis, Santa Rosa, CA, USA, spanielrage.com

Bernice Eisenstein, Toronto, Canada

Sarah Glidden, New York City, USA, smallnoises.com

Miriam Katin, New York City, USA, MiriamKatin.com

Aline Kominsky-Crumb, USA/France

Miss Lasko-Gross, New York City, USA, MissLaskoGross.com

Sarah Lazarovic, Toronto, Canada, SarahL.com

Miriam Libicki, Vancouver, Canada, Realgonegirl.com

Sarah Lightman, London, UK, SarahLightman.com

Diane Noomin Hadlyme, CT, USA, DianeNoomin.com

Corinne Pearlman, London, UK, ComicOpera.com

Trina Robbins, San Francisco, USA, TrinaRobbins.com

Racheli Rotner, Tel Aviv, Israel, flickr.com

Sharon Rudahl, Los Angeles, CA, USA, Lambiek.net

Laurie Sandell, New York City, USA, LaurieSandell.com

Ariel Schrag, New York City and Los Angeles, USA, ArielSchrag.com

Lauren Weinstein, New York City, USA, LaurenWeinstein.com

Ilana Zeffren, Tel Aviv, Israel

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