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Funny Papers at the ASU Art Museum is fascinating summer viewing and reading

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Do you remember looking forward to the Sunday edition of whatever local newspaper landed on our porch steps because it contained your favorite section, the funnies or comic strips? The summer ASU Art Museum's exhibition titled Funny Papers, will take you back to those lovely leisurely Sunday mornings because much of it is devoted to famous funnies and their authors and illustrators. But look further and you'll see that there’s more to it than the comics alone.

The exhibition is divided between the two first floor galleries and is truly multidimensional, featuring newspaper comic strips, political satire cartoons and works by key contemporary American and international artists that include references to cartoons and comic strips.

There are wonderful examples of historical comic strips that might conjure up fond Sunday morning recollections. Comic strips like Popeye, Felix the Cat, Archie, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Beetle Bailey with interesting information on the authors and artists who drew them, line the gallery walls.

Funny Papers also has some remarkable examples of political satire cartoons by some of the foremost 18th, 19th and 20th century American and internationally known artists and print makers whose works poked fun at the politicians and issues of their times.

The exhibition has been masterfully assembled with selections from the museum’s impressive permanent collection by curator Jean Makin. It’s interesting, entertaining and an incredible sampling of great art mixed with social commentary. Funny Papers will be up through September 6, 2014. Summer hours are 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Wednesday–Saturday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Families can enjoy a hands-on creative experience at upcoming First Saturdays for Families held in conjunction with the Funny Papers exhibition. The programs are free and geared to children ages 4-12 and their families. All materials are provided and participants can take home their artwork. No registration required – just show up and enjoy!

  • Saturday, June 7, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. – Explore Funny Papers and the art of Claudio Dicochea (an ASU alum) and create your own collage combining comics with contemporary and historic imagery.
  • Saturday, July 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Family Fun Day: “Comically” fun educational activities for ages 4–12. Children of all ages are invited to enjoy a variety of art making projects, educational booths and performances in conjunction with this summer’s family-focused exhibition, Funny Papers.

For more information on Tempe events, visit http://www.tempetourism.com/events/ or call 480-894-8158.

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