The most recent American presidential election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump inspired a great number of political caricature prints throughout the world. Published online and in print magazines, journals, and newspapers, these visual representations of political humor and propaganda have become rather common today. However, many modern artists have found inspiration for their subject matter by drawing from American art and political prints made in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. This lecture will consider the history of visual humor in America by comparing caricature prints made in the beginning of the early Republic, depicting Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, to today’s political prints of Trump and Clinton.
The lecture will be given by Prof. Dr. Allison Stagg, Terra Foundation Visiting Professor in American Art at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. It will be held at the Jagiellonian University Institute of Art History, in the Lanckoronscy Room (39 Grodzka Street).