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Loyola University Chicago Libraries Exhibits
Collection of Renowned American Political Cartoonist

Exhibition Showcases a Vast Collection of Art Young’s Work 

CHICAGO, September 26, 2016—Loyola University Chicago Libraries is featuring an exhibition of American political cartoonist Art Young, titled It’s Hell but Here We Are Again, that displays a chronological assemblage of his work between 1884 and 1943.

This exhibition of more than 40 works comes from the collection of Anthony J. Mourek, an avid collector fascinated by art’s place in political discourse since the late 1960s. Curated by Mourek and Valerie Higgins, the exhibition serves as a glimpse into Young’s evolving artistic style and political beliefs over half a century in a swiftly changing America.

“Art Young is America’s best political cartoonist/artist between Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt,” Mourek said. “From the beginning of his career in Chicago to his time in New York, this exhibition follows the transformation of his political ideology from Republican to Socialist as the United States became a great power.”

Young started his career in Chicago in the late 19th century, where he attended the Academy of Design and worked for several publications, including the Daily Mail, Daily News, and Chicago Inter-Ocean. Some of Young’s early cartoons reflect the Republican politics of his editors—politics which he largely shared. In New York, however, Young embraced socialist politics and became a frequent contributor to The Masses, the Yiddish satirical magazine Der Groyser Kundes (“Big Stick”), and other socialist publications. He even became a founder of the socialist magazine Good Morning and contributed regularly to mainstream publications like Puck, Judge, and Life.

Young published a number of books, several of which were inspired by Dante’s Inferno and featured updated versions of Hell that reflected Young’s worldview: Hell Up to Date (1892), Through Hell with Hiprah Hunt (1901), and Art Young’s Inferno (1934). Young also had a strong sense of his own importance—he published two autobiographies, which are included in the exhibition: On My Way (1928) and Art Young: His Life and Times (1939). Many of the items on display are only available because he saved the majority of his original drawings.

The collection is on display through March 31, 2017, in Loyola’s Donovan Reading Room in Cudahy Library on the Lake Shore Campus at 1032 W. Sheridan Road in Chicago. Please contact University Archivist Kathy Young at 773.508.2661 for additional details.

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