NEW YORK, NY-February 9, 2015 – The Jewish Studies Center, located in the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College will host a “Conversation with Cartoonists: Arnie Levin, Sam Gross and Richard Gehr” on Thursday March 5 at 5:30 p.m. “I Only Read It for the Cartoons: The New Yorker’s Most Brilliantly Twisted Artists” touches upon the rich history of the famed magazine’s cartoons and the artists who create them. Widely considered to be the pantheon of single-panel cartooning, The New Yorker cartoonists’ styles are richly varied, and their personal stories are surprising. For example, did you know that Arnie Levin is a seventy-three-year-old former Beatnik painter with a handlebar mustache and a back decorated by Japan’s foremost tattoo artists? Gehr’s book features fascinating biographical profiles of such artists as Gahan Wilson, Sam Gross, Roz Chast, Lee Lorenz, and Edward Koren. Along with a dozen such profiles, Gehr provides a brief history of The New Yorker cartoon itself, touching on the lives and work of earlier illustrating wits, including Charles Addams, James Thurber, and William Steig.
Richard Gehr has been writing about music, culture, and travel for quite a while. He has been an editor for the Los Angeles Reader, Spin, and Sonicnet/MTV Interactive. He currently writes for Rolling Stone, Spin, The Village Voice, Relix, AARP: The Magazine, and other publications. He was a senior writer for the book Alt.Culture: An A-to-Z Guide to the ’90s and co-authored The Phish Book with the Vermont quartet. Amazon/New Harvest published his latest book, I Only Read It for the Cartoons: The New Yorker’s Most Brilliantly Twisted Artists, in October 2014.
About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 18,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.