June 8 - September 7, 2008
Hailed as the “King of Cartoons,” William Steig had a long acclaimed career as both a brilliant cartoonist and an award-winning, beloved author of children’s literature. Born to Eastern European Jewish immigrants in Brooklyn in 1907, Steig grew up in the Bronx and began illustrating for The New Yorker in 1930. In the 73 years that Steig worked for The New Yorker, the magazine published over 120 of his covers and more than 1,600 of his drawings in a wide variety of styles.
Organized by The Jewish Museum in New York City, From The New Yorker to Shrek: The Art of William Steig, features a wide selection of original drawings for both his New Yorkercartoons and his children’s books such as Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, Doctor De Soto, Amos & Boris, Gorky Rises, Dominic, When Everybody Wore a Hat, and Shrek! (“fear” in Yiddish). Additionally, the exhibition will showcase his lesser known mid-life symbolic drawings, correspondence, and other documentary materials that will shed light on Steig, the man and the artist.
From The New Yorker to Shrek: The Art of William Steig was organized by Claudia Nahson, Associate Curator at The Jewish Museum, New York.
From The New Yorker to Shrek: The Art of William Steig was organized by The Jewish Museum, New York, and was made possible, in part, by the Eugene and Emily Grant Family Foundation and the Skirball Fund for American Jewish Life Exhibitions.