Victor Navasky will be in conversation with Peter Biskind on Saturday afternoon at 4PM at Spencertown Academy Arts Center.
As a former editor of The New York Times Magazine and the longtime editor of The Nation, Victor Navasky knows just how transformative—and incendiary—cartoons can be. In his new book, The Art of Controversy, Navasky guides readers through some of the greatest cartoons ever created.
He recounts how cartoonists and caricaturists have been censored, threatened, incarcerated, and even murdered for their art, and asks what makes this art form, too often dismissed as trivial, so uniquely poised to affect our minds and our hearts.
Drawing on his own encounters with would-be censors, interviews with cartoonists, and historical archives from cartoon museums across the globe, Navasky examines the political cartoon as both art and polemic over the centuries.