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What, Me Worry? 60 Years of MAD

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April 21 – September 16, 2012

In 1952, editor Harvey Kurtzman and publisher William Gaines launched MAD, one of the most influential and imitated humor publications in the world.  Originally created to parody popular TV shows, movies and, inevitably, comic books, MAD soon expanded into a wide-ranging satire of modern American culture. Features like the MAD Fold-In, “Spy vs. Spy,” the wacky sound effects of “MAD's Maddest Artist” Don Martin, the “marginal” cartoons of Sergio Aragones, and the motto “What, me worry?” have become indelible parts of popular culture, and the magazine's mascot, Alfred E. Neuman, is one of the world's most recognizable faces.

The Cartoon Art Museum's latest exhibition, What, Me Worry? 60 Years of MAD celebrates the rich history of MAD from the original comic book through the black-and-white magazine to its latest incarnation as a full-color bi-monthly publication supplemented by online content.  This is the museum’s first exhibition to include both the MAD comic book and magazine.

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Comment from Gaye
Time March 27, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Is this exhibit coming to anywhere on the east coast of the US?

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Time March 28, 2012 at 11:36 am

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Comment from afarago
Time March 28, 2012 at 6:10 pm

There are no plans for this one to travel. Most of the art owners live on the west coast, so this is probably the only venue where you’ll see all of this artwork gathered in one place.

Comment from Lance Miller
Time April 2, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Cannot wait!

Comment from Ann Miller
Time April 15, 2012 at 11:24 pm

We’ll be there to see the gems up close and in person. Love what you do!

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Time April 23, 2012 at 12:01 am

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Comment from David Lubin
Time April 24, 2012 at 5:51 pm

An east coast exhibit would be really nice, maybe in Boca Raton, where they had another Cartoon Museum. Wouldn’t the west coast MAD art owners love to share their stuff with us? I have two pieces I’d even be willing to show.

Comment from afarago
Time April 25, 2012 at 2:00 am

Even if it’s not all of the same artwork, we’d love to talk to any Florida museums about assembling a MAD exhibition for them. If you have any connections there, feel free to put them in touch with our curator, Andrew Farago: gallery(at)cartoonart.org

Comment from dave
Time May 1, 2012 at 12:11 pm

So when will you be announcing “programming”?

Comment from afarago
Time May 2, 2012 at 2:05 am

We’ve got artists firming up their summer travel plans right now, and will be able to make some announcements soon.

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Time May 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm

[...] What, Me Worry? 60 Years of MAD is an exhibtion at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, California. It “celebrates the rich history of MAD from the original comic book through the black-and-white magazine to its latest incarnation as a full-color bi-monthly publication supplemented by online content.” The exhibition started April 21 and will run through September 16, 2012. Exhibition highlights include cover artwork by MAD creator Harvey Kurtzman; pages from the MAD comic book by Will Elder and John Severin; early magazine-era artwork by famed artists Mort Drucker, Don Martin, Wally Wood and George Woodbridge; MAD Fold-ins by Al Jaffee; painted covers by Sergio Aragonés, Jack Davis, Kelly Freas, Norman Mingo. Jack Rickard and Richard Williams; The Lighter Side of… by Dave Berg; Spy vs. Spy by Antonio Prohias; a look at Tom Richmond’s creative process; the dazzling caricatures of Sam Viviano; comics from contemporary contributors Chris Baldwin, Evan Dorkin, Peter Kuper, Ted Rall, Keith Knight and Joey Alison Sayers; a look at MAD Magazine around the world; and much, much more! [...]

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Comment from Bruce Bevitz
Time June 13, 2012 at 3:40 pm

I am 67 years old and grew up on Mad. I( was disappointed, at first when Mad went from a comic to a magazine. At first I thought that changing the format would change the content, and it did, but for the better. I always felt hip when I got the new Mad. I don’t know how, but I outgrew Mad. But every time I saw it on the newsstand (Do those still exist?), I would get a smirk and be reminded that at one time I was hip, and the “old” people were not with it!

Comment from Michele Horaney
Time August 22, 2012 at 11:51 pm

So when does the programming begin? It’s coming up on Sept. 1 and you still have this headline up about programming to come. BTW, thanks for this exhibit. I am a baby boomer from the Midwest and was raised on MAD magazine in the 1960s! Thanks Dad!

Comment from afarago
Time August 23, 2012 at 2:23 pm

We hosted an event with Tom Richmond at the start of August and have a MADison Avenue closing reception on September 6. We had some technical issues with our website this summer and it looks like we never managed to update that line of our press release. Thanks for pointing it out!

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Time August 27, 2012 at 12:02 pm

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Comment from Patty Navarro
Time September 22, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Sorry we missed the MAD exhibit at the Cartoon Museum. Is the exhibit moving to a different location?

Comment from afarago
Time September 25, 2012 at 11:56 pm

It won’t be moving on, unfortunately, but we’ll be featuring more MAD artists at the Cartoon Art Museum soon.