Alan Dunn and The New Yorker

Alan Dunn’s work epitomizes The New Yorker magazine’s goal of gently satirizing American society.

He was the publication’s most prolific cartoon artist, publishing just over 2000 drawings. The thirty-eight exhibited drawings examine the relationship between Americans and European cultures, especially that of Italy. Dunn’s social satires often illustrate American tourists’ provincial nature and myopic sense of superiority. His abilities at drawing architecture found an outlet in these drawings and it is possible to identify several of the settings used in his cartoons, among them the Roman Forum with the Temple of Castor, and the Basilica of Maxentius. Also included in the exhibition are three illustrations intended as cover images for The New Yorker and a selection of roughs – quick drawings Dunn submitted to the magazine that would be completed if approved by the editorial review committee.


Number of objects: 38
Installation Space: 150 linear feet
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