Since its inaugural opening last Fall in Brooklyn, the Not O.K. Exhibit ( consisting of cartoons rejected by The New Yorker *) traveled north to Rye, New York before heading way out west to Mackay, Idaho (shown on the map below, just to get you situated).
Below: some photos from the opening, sent this way by New Yorker cartoonist, Jeremy Nguyen (shown above on the right under the marquee), who flew out to join opening night festivities with fellow New Yorker cartoonist, Navied Mahdavian, curator of this western edition of the exhibit. He’s the fellow above on the left under the marquee. It should be noted that David Ostow conceived of and curated the original Not O.K. exhibit.
More info / more reading:
*Here’s an explanation of what an O.K. is:
In the New Yorker‘s weekly art meeting, the magazine’s editor, David Remnick, and the magazine’s cartoon editor, Emma Allen, look over and discuss submitted drawings. Mr. Remnick, as the magazine’s editor-in-chief, has the final say on whether a drawing is O.K.ed or rejected. Getting an “O.K.” from the New Yorker (usually via email from Ms. Allen) means that The New Yorker has bought one of your submitted cartoons.
“The New Yorker Said No, But These Cartoons Just May Make Your Day” — The New York Times, September 21, 2017.
“Pictures At An Exhibition” — Ink Spill, September 23, 2017.
“Rejected Cartoons Get A Second Chance” — The Rye City Review, January 25, 2018.
“Not OK: Wild West Edition Brings Failed New Yorker Cartoons To Rural Idaho”— Idaho State Journal, August 23, 2018.