Dowd Modern Graphic History Library

Al Parker: Celebrity Illustrator

By Maria Dorfman on December 6, 2016

“I could praise the work for pages, but it might sound like a love letter.” J.W. Jemmings, letter to Al Parker, July 24, 1939. Imagine a magazine illustrator getting fan mail. Al Parker (1906-1985) was once one of the leading magazine illustrators in America. Born in St. Louis, Missou...

Between the Lines: The Illustrations of Frederic Varady

By Andrea Degener on December 1, 2016

Frederic Varady (1908-2002) had a distinctive style later in his career. When browsing through the Varady tear sheets in the Walt Reed Illustration Archive, it was intersting to see how his style evolved throughout his career. His illustrations from the 1940s appear to be the typical two-color il...

Norman Rockwell and Race: Complicating Rockwell’s Legacy

By a.jegede on November 22, 2016

If you were to ask someone today what they think of when they hear “Norman Rockwell”, their answer will most likely involve simplicity, sentimentality, and “traditional” American values. They might even mention his highly famous “Thanksgiving picture” (more formally known as “Fr...

Social Advocacy and Civic Engagement in Punk Zines

By l.sylvander on November 17, 2016

Zines in the 1980’s were a pre-internet social media space—the underground music scenes of cities across the United States screamed off the mis-matched, collaged pages of these zines (or informal magazines). The Karl S. Kalthenthaler Collection at the Dowd Modern Graphic History Library fea...

Political Cartoons of 1908 and 1912

By Maria Dorfman on November 7, 2016

With the 2016 presidential election so rapidly approaching, it seems only fitting to look back at past elections for insight and perspective. The political cartoons of the 1908 and 1912 presidential campaigns are particularly illuminating, as they so clearly depict the same shifting balances of p...

Dowd Lecture Online

By Skye Lacerte on October 18, 2016

On September 27, over 100 people gathered to celebrate the dedication of the Douglas B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library in Steinberg Hall at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts. Chancellor Mark Wrighton made opening remarks, followed by the Dean of the Sam Fox School Carmon Colangelo...

Designer Seymour Chwast to Deliver Lecture ‘God/Sex/War’

By Jody Mitori on October 13, 2016

The D. B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library (MGHL) and the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts present a lecture from legendary designer Seymour Chwast on Monday, October 24, in Steinberg Auditorium. A reception will be held at 6 p.m.; the lecture “God/Sex/War” will follow at 6...

Fendi Loves Kay Nielsen (and so do we!)

By l.sylvander on September 28, 2016

One glance at Kay Nielsen’s infectiously whimsical illustrations and you know they were meant to be brought to life. Luckily, Karl Lagerfeld did just that for the Fendi Fall 2016/Winter 2017 Haute Couture collection. The show this past July featured a number of modern-day princesses (Bella ...