On the Money: Cartoons for The New Yorker From the Melvin R. Seiden Collection
January 23 through May 24, 2009
A very special interest to see you, Senator.
Pen and black ink, gray wash, with touches of white gouache
Signed in black ink at lower right, Joseph Farris.
Published 28 June, 1993
Melvin R. Seiden Collection, The Morgan Library & Museum
Photography by Joseph Zehavi, 2008.
© The New Yorker Collection 1993 Joseph Farris from cartoonbank.com.
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Celebrating the art of the cartoonist, On the Money: Cartoons for
The New Yorker features approximately eighty original drawings by some of The New Yorker's most talented
and beloved artists who have tackled the theme of money and the many ways in which it defines us.
Included in the show are drawings by such luminaries as Charles Barsotti, George Booth, Dana Fradon, Lee
Lorenz, William Hamilton, and J. B. Handelsman. The exhibition is on view only at the Morgan.
The works are drawn entirely from the collection of Melvin R. Seiden, a long-time supporter of the
Morgan, who has assembled one of the largest and most representative private selections of this art form,
which spans the history of The New Yorker. The Seiden collection of New Yorker cartoons, numbering nearly
1,500 sheets, complements the Morgan's holdings in the history of satire and humor, which range from the
Renaissance to the twentieth century. Following the great cartoonists of the eighteenth and nineteenth
centuries—including James Gillray, H. K. Browne a.k.a. Phiz, and Honoré Daumier, in whose works the
Morgan's collection is particularly rich—the artists represented in this exhibition continue the thread of
chronicling contemporary attitudes.
Since 1925 The New Yorker magazine has served as the leading forum for American cartoonists to reflect and comment on the nation's social and cultural environment. Their work provides amusement and constitutes a mirror of social conventions that remain relevant. The drawings in On the Money include a selection of
works from the magazine's early years, as well as contributions from cartoonists working during the 1970s,
1980s, and 1990s, when financial issues were among the dominant themes of many cartoons. Subjects such
as politics, sex, inheritance, and real estate demonstrate the impact of money on individual lives, while the
shared experience of recessions and booms provides inspiration for broader treatments of the theme. Finding
humor in money and the economy has been a mainstay of New Yorker artists, and the cartoons continue to
The artistry of the works reveals the eloquent and efficient draftsmanship essential to a successful cartoon, as
well as the artists' process of creating and revising an incisive, humorous vignette. The exhibition also
delineates the critical role of the cartoon editor, whose work is essential to the reader's enjoyment. A
selection of cartoons that were improved by editorial recommendations is accompanied by equally amusing
correspondence between editor and artist about achieving the perfect union between word and image. Also
featured in the exhibition are photographic portraits by Anne Hall of many of the artists behind the
Drawings by the following artists are included in the exhibition: Ed Arno; Perry Barlow (1892–1977);
Charles Barsotti; George Booth; Roz Chast; Tom Cheney; Richard Cline; Frank Cotham; Leo Cullum;
Whitney Darrow Jr. (1909–1999); Joseph Farris; Ed Fisher; Dana Fradon; William Hamilton; J. B.
Handelsman (1922–2007); Helen E. Hokinson (1893–1949); Stan Hunt (1929–2006); Lee Lorenz; Michael
Maslin; Joe Mirachi (1920–1991); W.B. Park; George Price (1902–1995); Donald Reilly (1933–2006);
Mischa Richter (1910–2001); Carl Rose; Bernard Schoenbaum; Peter Steiner; Mick Stevens; James
Stevenson; Mike Twohy; Robert Weber; Gluyas Williams (1888–1982); and Jack Ziegler.
The exhibition is organized by Jennifer Tonkovich, Curator, Drawings and Prints, The Morgan Library & Museum.
This exhibition is sponsored by CastleRock Asset Management.
Additional support is generously provided by Liz and Rod Berens and Richard and Ronay Menschel.
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