Current exhibit in Gillis Hall and Circulation Room,
Stanley Mosk Library & Courts Building

"Afflicting the Comfortable:
California's Editorial Cartoonists"

Poster of Rock Face With Men Climbing On It, Christopher Van Overloop, cartoonist, 1997. Current political cartoon exhibit in the Circulation Room in the State Library Man labeled California business looking face to face with a large angry bear labeled min. wage hike. Lisa Benson, cartoonist, Sept. 17, 2013 Silhouette of person in jail with the word victim across their chest. Cartoon is reaction to the short sentence given to the offender in the Stanford Rape case. Darrin Bell, cartoonist, 2016 Wide-eyed man covering his mouth while a man labeled small business is handing him a box labeled CA sick pay with dollar bills falling out it. Lisa Benson, cartoonist, Sept. 6, 2014

If a picture is worth a thousand words then no one comforts the afflicted or afflicts the comfortable more than editorial cartoonists.

Artists have been poking fun at the powerful for centuries. In California, cartoonists have been doing it for more than 165 years. From "The Wasp" during the Golden State's first decades to the present. This exhibit was the brainchild of Dan Morain, editorial page editor at The Sacramento Bee, who wanted to showcase the work of his friend and colleague, Jack Ohman, the 2016 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, and other California editorial cartoonists.

Joining The Bee as an exhibit co-sponsor is the California Newspaper Publishers Association, which canvassed its members seeking examples of the often acerbic artistry of editorial cartoonists at publications small and large, mainstream and off-beat.

— Greg Lucas, State Librarian

Current exhibit in the lobby
"From Oxcarts to Airplanes:
the story of transportation in California."

Program cover for 16th Annual World's Premier Air Classic, Los Angeles, 1928 Eddie Rickenbacker at the wheel of his Maxwell race car, 1915 Santa Fe Trailways bus brochure, circa 1950 The First California Built Locomotive, graphic, 1866 'Days of '49, Sacramento' festival advertisement, 1922

The California State Library's latest exhibit of photos, graphics and memorabilia from its collection tells the story of the many modes of transportation used in California from pre-statehood times to the 1950s.

Stage coach and steamship tickets, ads and brochures paint a picture of Californians on the move during the mid to late 1800s. Travel by rail played a major role in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and several exhibit cases are devoted to railroads. Included are original stereoscope cards of the construction of the Central Pacific railroad and a golden "last spike" commemorating the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad in 1869.

Later, the automobile and aviation industries captured the attention of Californians. The exhibit features photos of sleek race cars and motorcycles, and a colorful drawing of the 1926 Harry Miller "Straight-eight 91" race car.

Also on view are photos from the 1912 Oakland Aviation Show, which featured top names in aviation entertainment, Lincoln Beachey, Glenn Martin and Blanche Scott, billed as the "premier aviatrix of the world." There is a stunning photo of Thomas Scott Baldwin in the first U.S. parachute jump, in Golden Gate Park in 1885, and images of dirigibles and other aerial machines.

The exhibit is curated by Gary Kurutz with assistance from Dan Flanagan, Vince Beiderbecke and Matt Bartok. The public is invited to view the exhibit at the California State Library, 900 N Street, Sacramento. Hours are 8-5 weekdays. The show is in the first and second floor lobbies and continues through June 30, 2016.

Other exhibits and displays:

Book Displays

Other institutions displaying California State Library materials