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Bruce Museum: Featuring ‘Masterpieces from the Museum of Cartoon Art’

January 15, 2019

Popeye, Betty Boop and other popular characters will grace the walls of the Bruce Museum when the Greenwich venue opens its new exhibition, “Masterpieces from the Museum of Cartoon Art,” on Saturday, Jan. 26.

The museum said the show will feature “more than 100 original works celebrating the history of this unique art form in America.” Among the items will be “an early editorial cartoon by Thomas Nast, a spectacular Prince Valiant page by Hal Foster, a witty New Yorker gag by Peter Arno and classic Peanuts, Doonesbury and Calvin and Hobbes strips.”

All cartoon genres will be represented, including comic strips, comic books, editorial cartoons, magazine cartoons, caricatures, illustrations and animation. There will also be displays documenting the formative years of the Museum of Cartoon Art, the European roots of cartoons and comics, and a video presentation of classic animation.

The centerpiece of the show will be a recreation of the Museum of Cartoon Art’s Hall of Fame. Thirty-two artists were elected to this group between 1975 and 1997, including such masters as Walt Disney, Milton Caniff and Chuck Jones. Each is represented by a superlative example of their work and a brass plaque.

Brian Walker, a former director of the Museum of Cartoon Art, is guest curator of the exhibit, which runs through Saturday, April 20. All of the artwork is on loan from the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at The Ohio State University.

Some special events will coincide with this show, the first of which is Sunday, Jan. 27. That’s when “Art Adventures: Create Your Own Cartoon” takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. Geared toward kids ages 4 and up and their families, it’s an opportunity to craft fun, creative works of art inspired by the Bruce’s exhibitions.

Additional events will include interactive tours, a cartooning workshop, a lecture (“Breaking Into the Boys Club: A Whirlwind History of Women and Cartooning”) and a panel discussion (“The Golden Age of Cartooning in Connecticut.” See the website for full details.

The Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich. Tuesday-Sunday, 10-5 p.m.; closed Mondays and major holidays. $10 adults, $8 seniors and students with ID, free for members, children under 5. Individual admission free on Tuesdays. 203-869-0376, www.brucemuseum.org

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