“Herblock Looks at 1965” Exhibit Now Open

A 10-cartoon display of Herblock drawings at the Library of Congress focuses on the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and U.S. policies in Vietnam. Herblock was the Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist at The Washington Post for more than 55 years.

The exhibit, "Herblock Looks at 1965: Fifty Years Ago in Editorial Cartoons," is now open in the Herblock Gallery of the Graphic Arts Galleries on the ground level of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. Free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, the exhibit runs through Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015.

Other topics addressed in this display, which opened in March 2015, include internal discord in the Republican Party, the buildup of nuclear weapons and immigration reform.

The Herblock Gallery, part of the Library’s Graphic Arts Galleries, celebrates the work of Herbert L. Block with a rotating display of 10 original drawings. The display changes every six months. A second set of drawings from 1965 will be placed on exhibition from Sept. 26, 2015 to March 19, 2016.

Herblock’s cartoons also are showcased in another room of the Graphic Arts Galleries in an exhibition titled "Pointing Their Pens: Herblock and Fellow Cartoonists Confront the Issues," which opened March 21, 2015 and will close on March 19, 2016. The exhibition, featuring 30 cartoons, looks at how editorial cartoonists, often with divergent viewpoints, interpreted the divisive issues of the 20th century.

"Herblock Looks at 1965" and "Pointing Their Pens" have been made possible through the generous support of the Herb Block Foundation. The foundation donated a collection of more than 14,000 original Herblock cartoon drawings and 50,000 rough sketches, as well as manuscripts, to the Library of Congress in 2002, and has generously continued to provide funds to support ongoing programming.

The Library has been collecting original cartoon art for more than 140 years. It is a major center for cartoon research with holdings of more than 100,000 original cartoon drawings and prints. These works, housed in the Prints and Photographs Division, span five centuries and range from 17th-century Dutch political prints to 21st-century contemporary comic strips. The division holds the largest-known collection of American political prints and the finest assemblage of British satirical prints outside Great Britain.  The Library acquired these materials through a variety of sources including artists’ gifts, donations by private collectors, selective purchases and copyright registration. For more information, visit www.loc.gov/rr/print/.

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