Some of the cartoonists in the exhibit, left to right: Sharon Levy, Roz Chast, Liza Donnelly, Carolita Johnson, Liana Finck, Emily Sanders Hopkins (nee Richards), Sophia Warren, Mary Lawton, and Maggie Larson
A Packed House and Then Some
Last night’s event, “Funny Ladies at The New Yorker: Then and Now” was most decidedly An Event. Before the panel discussion began an announcement was made that the crowd in attendance had reached capacity; outside on West 63rd Street, the line of people still waiting to get in stretched east to the corner of Lexington Avenue. We heard from a source that the only event rivaling this one in attendance was the Spiderman opening at the Society in June of 2017. The Funny Ladies exhibit itself is, as we’ve been saying throughout the week, a must-see.
(Above: standing, l-r: Carolita Johnson (holding Hammy), Emma Allen, Roz Chast. Seated, l-r: Liana Finck, Liza Donnelly) — this photo and the group shot of cartoonists courtesy of Stephen Nadler of Attempted Bloggery. Mr. Nadler was the Spill‘s official photographer for the evening. My thanks to him.
The crowd was treated to a lively, often hilarious discussion between the New Yorker‘s cartoon editor, Emma Allen, and cartoonists Roz Chast, Carolita Johnson (who held her dog, Hammy, on her lap), Liana Finck, and Liza Donnelly. Ms. Donnelly curated the exhibit, and moderated. Link here to a recording of the event.
Among the artists spotted in the crowd: George Booth, David Borchart, Bishakh Som, Ellis Rosen, Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell, Maddie Dai, Amy Hwang, Maria Scrivan, Tom Bloom, Karen Sneider, Tim Hamilton, Jeremy Nguyen, Marisa Acocella, Sara Lautman, Sam Marlow, Isabella Bannerman, Flash Rosenberg, Emma Hunsinger, Neil Dvorak, Jenny Kroik and Gayle Kabaker. Also spotted: The New Yorker‘s editor, David Remnick.