A Critical Eye: James Gillray and the Art of Satire
Known as the “Father of the Political Cartoon,” James Gillray (1756/57–1815) was one of the most brilliant and influential satirists of his time. His work—published mostly between 1793 and 1810—critiqued the most influential people and institutions of Napoleon-age Britain, through cartoons filled with cutting caricatures, incisive parodies, and graphic scatological humor. This exhibition draws from the Davis Museum’s collection of Gillray’s prints, examining both the genius of his printmaking technique and the range and depth of his historical and cultural references. As objects of both artistic and intellectual interest, Gillray’s masterful prints set the standard for the fascinating tension between visual and text that endures in political art today. Curated by Meredith Fluke, Kemper Curator of Academic Exhibitions and Affairs.
Presented with support from the Mary Tebbetts Wolfe ’54 Davis Museum and Cultural Center Program Fund.
Bequest of Ann Kirk Warren (Ann Haggarty, Class of 1950) 2016.484
Apr 17, 6–7 PM
Mar 5, 4 PM
Feb 16–May 4, 2 PMDrop-in Public Tours
Thematic tours of special exhibitions and permanent collections led by a student guide are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.Event Date:Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat May 04 2019 except Sat Mar 23 2019, Sat Mar 30 2019.Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 2:00pmSaturday, February 23, 2019 - 2:00pmSaturday, March 2, 2019 - 2:00pmSaturday, March 9, 2019 - 2:00pmSaturday, March 16, 2019 - 2:00pmSaturday, April 6, 2019 - 2:00pmSaturday, April 13, 2019 - 2:00pmSaturday, April 20, 2019 - 2:00pmSaturday, April 27, 2019 - 2:00pmSaturday, May 4, 2019 - 2:00pm
Feb 7–Jun 9Yinka Shonibare MBE: Guns Drawn
Yinka Shonibare’s works in the Davis collection exemplify his theatrical depictions of beauty and violence, and his exploration of the inheritances of colonialism in our contemporary, globalized world.Event Date:Thursday, February 7, 2019 (All day) to Sunday, June 9, 2019 (All day)