March 17, 2003 Graphic Artist Peter Kuper Discusses His Work at Library of Congress on March 25

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Cartoonist Peter Kuper will discuss his creative work in a public talk titled "Speechless" at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. The program is co-sponsored by the Library's Prints and Photographs Division and the Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon.

Kuper, whose work regularly appears in Time magazine, The New York Times and Mad Magazine, takes the title for his lecture from his recently published book "Speechless," a survey of his work.

Kuper's presentation will cover the multifaceted creative output of his career-cartoons, comic strips, political illustrations and numerous graphic novels-illustrated with slides and animation drawn from his more than two decades of productivity. He will also discuss examples of his comic strips and other drawings for "World War 3 Illustrated" (the political comix journal that he co-founded in 1979), INX (a political illustration group syndicated through the Web), and graphic novels.

Kuper has written and illustrated a number of books, including "ComicsTrips," a journal of his eight-month journey through Africa and Southeast Asia; "Stripped -- An Unauthorized Autobiography"; and "The System," a wordless graphic novel. He is currently working on an adaptation of Franz Kafka's "Metamorphosis," which will be published later this year.

Kuper creates compelling single images as well as visual narratives in comic strips and graphic novels. He has experimented with a wide variety of media-watercolor, felt-tip markers, spray paint, pastels, scratch board and colorful stencil-cut illustrations. His black- and-white work typically recalls the look of traditional woodcut prints, yet retains the character of contemporary design. Addressing a wide range of themes in his work, Kuper gives visible form to complex ideas that are often charged with political and social content.

The Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon is administered by the Library of Congress and supports the preservation and development of the Swann Cartoon Collection and related collections, a program of exhibitions and related public programs, and funds the only scholarly fellowship in the field. For more information about other programs supported by the Swann Foundation, click on


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