New Yorker cartoons and the subway

posted by Jason Kottke   May 19, 2004

On my way to lunch the other day, I noticed a new exhibit at the Annex of the NY Transit Museum in Grand Central: New York: The Ride, Subway Cartoon and Cover Art from The New Yorker. That’s two of my favorite NY things together, so I swung by for a look today. It’s a tiny exhibit and takes only 5-10 minutes of your time, but if you’re in the vicinity, it’s worth the effort. Here’s my favorite piece, Hell: The Fifth Avenue Entrance by Mick Stevens:

Hell: The Fifth Avenue Entrance

Here’s the description of the exhibit:

Throughout the years, cartoons and cover art from The New Yorker have brilliantly captured this city, its hopes and aspirations, its people and their foibles, and their daily routines. Subway humor has been a staple of The New Yorker since the magazine’s 1925 inaugural issue.

While offering an entertaining survey of subway satire from the 1920s to the present, the exhibition also explores changing perceptions of the subway over the course of nine decades. Original artwork, reproductions of The New Yorker covers and cartoons, and original magazines, whose subject matter is the subway system and the people who ride it, are on view.

The exhibit continues through July 18.