Traveling Exhibits

The Herb Block Foundation presents five panel exhibitions displaying reproductions of the work of legendary Washington Post editorial cartoonist Herbert Block, famously known as "Herblock."

The goal of these exhibitions is to promote Herblock's efforts to defend the rights and freedoms of Americans through his political cartoons. Prepared by curator Harry L. Katz, these exhibitions can be used for teaching or promoting the American topics that reflect Herblock's passions - Education, Civil Rights, Democracy, Presidency, and the Environment. Together all five present a fascinating history of Herblock's 72 year career.

NO RENTAL FEE IS REQUIRED. Only the shipping fees via FedEx or UPS are charged. The panels come in cases that are easy to move, set up and store. The exhibitions can be displayed in classrooms, lobbies or exhibit spaces. A seven minute DVD, Herblock: The Man Behind the Cartoons and illustrated brochures come with the exhibitions. A brochure holder is included in the display set up.


School Bell: Education and Democracy in America

Herblock believed that a strong democracy is dependent upon an informed electorate. He believed that a strong education is what gives people the opportunity to reach their highest potential, to become respectable leaders and to live as productive members of society.

Herblock viewed teachers, students and their education as a top priority in the future of the nations. His legacy lives on, teaching and inspiring through his political cartoons, and in his grant, foundation and scholarship programs.

 

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School Bell: Education and Democracy in America

The Long March: Herblock & the Civil Rights Era

The Civil Rights Movement was one of Herblock’s chief concerns. He illustrated the history and dialogue of this turbulent era in American society. His cartoons show us who we were as Americans, as well as the lessons to be learned from the Civil Rights Movement.

Looking at Herblock’s political cartoons over seven decades we realize he was one of those people that fought long and hard to make us a better people. Herblock’s cartoons continue to resonate and will speak to us about these crucial events in our history for many generations to come.

 

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The Long March: Herblock & the Civil Rights Era

Democracy

Herblock believed in the greatness of America. His life and work was, in itself, an exercise in freedom of speech, freedom of the press and equality. Herblock used his talents to present important questions and challenges that words alone cannot: We must vote, meet our civic responsibilities, pay taxes and expect the best of our elected government officials to work on behalf of all the people.

The clarity of his message and artistic style were perfectly fused, providing transparency, a humorous and telling look at our leaders, ourselves and the world.

 

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Democracy

Herblock's Presidents

President–watching was part of the job of being a political cartoonist, and Herblock insisted that no president was “above caricature or comment.” From Herbert Hoover to George W. Bush, Herblock took every opportunity to let our presidents know he was right there with a keen eye and a bottle of ink.

He spent most of his time at the Washington Post where he worked from 1946 to 2001. Over seven decades Herblock portrayed thirteen presidents with characteristic humor, intelligence, and a passion for good government.

 

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Herblock's Presidents

Ever Green

“Ever Green”, the latest addition to the Herblock Traveling Exhibitions displays Herblock’s powerful cartoons about the environment, a subject he began addressing during the Twenties and the Great Depression. Herblock cared deeply about the environment.

His work on issues about wildlife, wilderness and natural resources are as relevant today, as they were in the past. Many of his cartoons on the world’s most fragile and precious treasures, were produced shortly before his death at age 91 in September 2001.

 

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Ever Green

For information on scheduling, please visit herblockexhibitions.org or email [email protected].

All cartoons are reproduced with permission by the Herb Block Foundation. Cartoons by Herbert Block ("Herblock") are protected by copyright. Privacy and publicity rights may also apply.