“The New Zealand Portrait Gallery is excited to be partnering with the Alexander Turnbull Library to create an exhibition to help mark the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the New Zealand Cartoon Archive,” says Gaelen Macdonald, Portrait Gallery director.
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In July, the NZ Cartoon Archive will be publishing the second in a series of monographs dealing with more specialist aspects of New Zealand cartoon history. ‘Savages’ to ‘Suits’: Māori in editorial cartoons by Paul Diamond, ATL Māori Curator, surveys cartoons produced from the 1930s until the 1990s, and examines how cartoonists (and editors and media owners) have depicted Māori, Pākehā and race relations.
The Cartoon Archive’s 25th anniversary programme begins with a highly-charged presentation by highly-acclaimed and equally controversial British cartoonist Steve Bell. He will be addressing the topic Abusing Power in a Post-Truth World at the National Library at 5.30pm on Thursday 9 March 2017.
In the quarter century since Prime Minister Jim Bolger launched the NZ Cartoon Archive on April Fool’s Day 1992, over 50,000 cartoons have been collected, 14 exhibitions held, six books and one monograph published, and there has been an array of events from a Cartoonists’ Convention to seminars and lectures by prominent cartoonists.