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Exhibition - The Life and Times of Jo Mora

Friday, Apr 19, 2019 at 11:00am

Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Cartoon Art Museum Presents The Life And Times Of Jo Mora, An Exhibition Chronicling The Artist’s Genre-Defying Works That Define An Era Of American Culture Through Illustrations, Comic Strips, Drawings, Paintings, Sculpture, Photography, Maps And Books.

The Cartoon Art Museum presents a new exhibition, The Life and Times of Jo Mora, that uses the works of category-defying artist Joseph Jacinto Mora (1876-1947) to illuminate an iconic era of American culture. Loaned through Peter Hiller and curated by Julie Davis and Andrew Farago, the exhibition includes original comic strips, illustrations, drawings and paintings, maps, photography and books.

One category of Jo Mora’s work that has remained largely unknown are his comics, specifically three cartoon series he created and pitched to Hearst Newspapers in the early 20th century: Twisty, t’was news then and Zip. All of these cartoons known to exist are included in this exhibition as it’s primary focus. This exhibition goes beyond Mora’s comics to take even more expansive look at his creative life, though still only scratching the surface of this amazing artist’s overall output. The exhibition is based on Hiller’s upcoming book, The Life and Times of Jo Mora, Iconic Artist of the American West, to be published in 2019 by the Book Club of California.

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