Malkin Lecture Series
Thomas Nast: The Father of
Modern Political Cartoons


Monday, November 4, 2013

Veterans Room
Doors Open 6:00pm
Program 6:30pm

Thomas Nast, the founding father of American political cartooning and a member of the Seventh Regiment, is perhaps best known for his works portraying political parties as the Democratic donkey and the Republican elephant. Nast’s legacy also includes a trove of other political cartoons, his successful attack on the machine politics of Tammany Hall in 1871, and his wildly popular illustrations of Santa Claus for Harper’s Weekly. Throughout his career, his drawings provided a pointed critique that forced readers to confront the contradictions around them. Fiona Deans Halloran will focus this talk not just on Nast’s political cartoons for Harper’s but also on his place within the complexities of Gilded Age politics and highlight the many contradictions in his own life.

Fiona Deans Halloran, the author of Thomas Nast: The Father of Modern Political Cartoons, teaches American history at Rowland Hall St. Mark’s School in Salt Lake City. She holds a PhD in history from UCLA and has been the recipient of research support from the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford, the Huntington Library, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

A reception with Fiona Halloran will follow this lecture, exclusively for Chairman’s Circle members.

The Malkin Lecture Series presents scholars and experts on topics relating to the Park Avenue Armory and its pivotal role in the civic, cultural and aesthetic evolution of New York City in the 19th and early-20th centuries.

The Malkin Lecture Series is funded by a generous grant from Mr. and Mrs. Peter L. Malkin and The Malkin Fund, Inc.

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