New Yorker cartoon exhibit coming to Laumeister

BENNINGTON — An exhibition and sale of participating cartoons from The New Yorker magazine will be presented at the Laumeister Art Center of Southern Vermont College from June 25 to Sept. 9.

The New Yorker, renowned for its serious fiction, essays, and journalism has featured cartoons since its first publication on Feb. 21, 1925. The participating cartoonists featured are: Harry Bliss, George Booth, Roz Chast, Tom Chitty, Frank Cotham, Matt Diffee, Liza Donnelly, Liana Finck, Emily Flake, Sam Gross, William Haefeli, Edward Koren, Bob Mankoff, Michael Maslin, Danny Shannahan, Barbara Smaller, Mick Stevens, Tom Toro, PC Vey and Jack Ziegler.

A special celebration of the cartoons on exhibit will be held at the Laumeister Art Center June 30, beginning with a talk by former New Yorker Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff at 1 p.m. Mankoff believes that "being funny is being awake," and has successfully kept us all wide-awake for 40 years. A student of humor and creativity, Mankoff has devoted his life to discovering just what makes us laugh, and seeks every outlet to do so, from developing The New Yorker's web presence to integrating it with algorithms and A.I.

A screening of "Very Semi-Serious," an offbeat documentary about humor, art, and the genius of the single panel, will be presented at the Laumeister Art Center at 2 p.m. on June 30. The film goes behind-the-scenes at The New Yorker and introduces some of the cartooning legends and hopefuls who create the iconic cartoons that have inspired and baffled all of us for decades. The film won a 2016 Emmy for Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming and was nominated for Outstanding Documentary Editing.

Following the screening of "Very Semi-Serious," cartoonist panelists Tom Toro and Danny Shanahan will discuss life as cartoonists. The panel will be moderated by Jessica Ziegler, daughter of the late New Yorker cartoonist Jack Ziegler.

Two additional events are planned for June 30. At 5 p.m., an elegant dinner will be served on the grounds of Southern Vermont College, which boast one of the most breathtaking views in New England. At 7:30 p.m., "Crown Prince of New York Cabaret" Steve Ross will perform songs from the Great American Songbook. Ross has performed around the country and around the world in every kind of venue — from Rio de Janeiro to Sydney, from Carnegie Hall to Lincoln Center, and from cabarets to theaters.

General admission for the exhibit is $10 for adults; $5 for seniors, veterans, and AAA members; students and children are admitted free. To purchase tickets for the entire special celebration on June 30, which includes viewing of the cartoon exhibit, talk by New Yorker Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff, screening of "Very Semi-Serious" with a panelist discussion, dinner at Southern Vermont College, and "Crown Prince of New York Cabaret" performance, the cost is $75. Tickets for those who wish to view the cartoon exhibit and have dinner at Southern Vermont College, the cost is $40. The cost to view the exhibit and attend the cabaret is $40. The Laumeister Art Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily - closed on Fourth of July.

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