Hey, how appropriate is this?

The Republican National Convention is set to begin here in the St Petersburg-Tampa Bay area this Sunday providing that Tropical Storm/Hurricane Issac doesn’t hit us first. (How ironic those two major forces are arriving at the same time.) The Poison Pens: A Century of American Political Cartoons exhibit is being held at the Tampa Museum of Art now through September 16th.

The cartoons date from 1871 to the present. Some of these cartoons are artist drawings that were later photoengraved for newspapers or lithographic prints from publications such as Harper’s Weekly.  It includes fifteen Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartoons winners as well as lesser known artists.

This exhibition is from The Mahan Collection of American Humor and Cartoon Art in the Special & Digital Collections Department at the University of South Florida Tampa Library. They were donated in 2006 by Dr. Charles Mahan, Dean and Professor Emeritus in the USF College of Public Health. Dr. Mahan began collecting political cartoons, animation art, and comic strips from auctions and antique stores in 1950. The collection includes letters from cartoonists and notes from many personal meetings between the collector and the artists.

Political bashing began long before this collection of cartoons. If you think that the political commercials now are bad; then you should go check out these cartoons.

The museum hours will be varying during the convention so please go to the website for current information. Also many of the roads in Tampa and St Pete have closed so beware.

www.tampamuseum.org    120 Gasparilla Blvd, Tampa, Florida