Visual Art Exhibit: MORRIE TURNER, Creator of Wee Pals Cartoon: A 45-Year Retrospective
|When:||August 15 - October 15 (Artist Reception - TBA)|
|Where:||Main San Francisco Public Library (100 Larkin Street at Grove), SF
|Featuring:||AfroSolo honors Morrie Turner's artistic achievements with a retrospective of his work, curated by Kheven LaGrone.|
AfroSolo Theatre Company proudly joins the African American Center of San Francisco's Main Public Library in exhibiting the award-winning, cartoonist Morrie Turner. The exhibit is titled, Morrie Turner, Creator of Wee Pals Cartoon: A 45 Year Retrospective and runs from August 15 - October 15, 2009 at 100 Larkin Street in San Francisco. An artist reception will take place on Saturday, August 15 from 2 pm to 4 pm in the Hispanic Room of the Library.
In 1965, Mr. Turner created Wee Pals, the first nationally syndicated racially-integrated comic strip. Initially, few newspapers were interested in a racially-integrated cartoon. After the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., there was a sudden interest in racial integration and as a result, 100 newspapers published Wee Pals.
Today, Turner also creates works that provide commentary on political and social issues. On Sundays, he includes a panel called Soul Corner that illustrates the accomplishment of an eminent person of color.
Since 1968, both Turner and Wee Pals have received several awards. Wee Pals received the B'Nai Brith Humanitarian Award and the Cartoonists Society's prestigious The Brotherhood Award. In addition, Turner received the Anti-Defamation League's Humanitarian Award and the Cartoonists Society's Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mr. Turner's retrospective will be curated by Kheven LaGrone. Mr. LaGrone has curated previous AfroSolo exhibits, as well as BABA: Black Artists' Expressions of Father and ASPIRE! Black Teen Artists' Interpretations of Success that exhibited in New York City, San Francisco, Richmond (CA) and Atlanta.