HOUSTON, TX (Feb. 2, 2009) – Editorial cartoonist Clyde Peterson ended his career as one of the nation’s most widely respected newspaper cartoonists in 2006 after an astonishing run of 40 years and more than 12,000 drawings. Apart from his cartoons, as many as six per week in the Houston Chronicle, Peterson – who drew under the pen name of C.P. Houston – contributed countless drawings for public service booklets and other occasions and publications.
Holocaust Museum Houston visitors are invited to meet Peterson during a reception and free public lecture Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. His 7 p.m. lecture will focus on the theme "Those Darn Pictures: How Political Cartoons Have Changed Our World." Both events take place at Holocaust Museum Houston’s Morgan Family Center, 5401 Caroline St., in Houston’s Museum District. Visit www.hmh.org/register.asp to RSVP online.
Peterson’s drawings have graced the auction tables of almost every charity in Houston, and he has been a tireless volunteer in the public schools.
Not content with making fun of public figures, who often sought the honor of being presented with the original drawings, Peterson also served as a member of the newspaper's editorial board.
In his lecture, Peterson will discuss his life-long work and the motivation and impact of other cartoonists and illustrators such as Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as "Dr. Seuss," and illustrator Arthur Szyk, whose works are currently on display at the Museum in the exhibits
"Dr. Seuss Wants You!" and "A One-Man Army: The Art of Arthur Szyk."
Geisel is best known for his children’s books but was actually a life-long cartoonist who also drafted more than 400 newspaper and magazine editorial cartoons expressing his concern and opinions in the early years of World War II. The exhibit of his work at the Museum runs through July 5, 2009.
The unexpected and serious side of Geisel’s work provides new insights into an America divided during that time. He focused on the concerns that America needed to address while World War II engulfed the world and demonstrated in simple truth how individuals must become aware, informed and involved in their surroundings to take thoughtful and decisive action.
His work continues to inspire people of all backgrounds and ages to think and care about the fate of humanity.
Szyk was once described by Eleanor Roosevelt as a "one-man army," a man who used his art as a weapon to garner support for the social and political issues in which he believed and who worked ceaselessly to draw the attention of the public to the murder of European Jews in Nazi Germany during World War II.
Szyk, a native of Lodz, Poland, believed his art could make a difference in the world, and, as such, became one of the 20th century’s most important political propagandists.
During World War II, his sketches appeared in such American newspapers as New York’s PM Daily and the New York Post. His work also appeared in Collier’s, Esquire, Fortune and Time magazines. That exhibit remains on view through July 26, 2009.
Admission to both exhibits is free. Viewing hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy.
Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy. Holocaust Museum Houston is free and open to the public and is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004.
For more information about the Museum, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.