News Release — Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
April 16, 2017
802-257-0124, ext. 101
BRATTLEBORO, VT — Award-winning cartoonist Edward Koren, best known as the creator of the iconic, fuzzy-haired, long-nosed creatures that grace the pages of The New Yorker magazine, will discuss his life and work at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) on Thursday, April 20 at 7 p.m. Koren will be joined in conversation by syndicated cartoonist Jeff Danziger, who curated the exhibit “Seriously Funny,” a selection of Koren’s original drawings and prints, on view at BMAC through June 18. Admission to the talk is free.
Edward Koren has long been associated with the The New Yorker magazine, where he has published over 1,000 cartoons, as well as numerous covers and illustrations. His illustrated books include “How to Eat Like a Child,” “Teenage Romance,” and “Do I Have to Say Hello” (all by Delia Ephron), “A Dog’s Life” by Peter Mayle, “Pet Peeves” by George Plimpton, and “The New Legal Seafoods Cookbook” by Roger Berkowitz and Jane Doerfer. He has written and illustrated books for children (“Behind the Wheel” and “Very Hairy Harry”) and published six collections of cartoons that first appeared in The New Yorker, the most recent being “The Hard Work of Simple Living”.
Born in New York City, Koren attended the Horace Mann School and Columbia University. He did graduate work in etching and engraving at Atelier 17 in Paris, and received an M.F.A. degree from Pratt Institute. He was on the faculty of Brown University for many years.
Koren’s cartoons, drawing and prints have been widely exhibited in shows across the United States as well as in France, England, and Czechoslovakia. His work is in the permanent collections of the Fogg Museum, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, the Princeton University Museum, The Fitzwilliam Museum at Cambridge University, and in the Swann Collection at the Library of Congress. A major retrospective of his work was shown at Columbia University’s Wallach Gallery in 2010, and at the University of Vermont’s Fleming Museum in the summer of 2011.
Edward Koren has received a Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from Union College, and been a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. He was Distinguished Visitor at The American Academy in Berlin, Germany in 2003. In 2007 he received The Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. He has been a member of the Brookfield, Vermont, Volunteer Fire Department for 24 years.
Founded in 1972, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center presents rotating exhibits of contemporary art, complemented by lectures, artist talks, film screenings, and other public programs. The museum’s galleries and gift shop are open every day except Tuesday, 11-5. Regular admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for students. Members and children 18 and under are admitted free of charge. Located in historic Union Station in downtown Brattleboro, at the intersection of Main Street and Routes 119 and 142, the museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit www.brattleboromuseum.org.
Major support for BMAC is provided by its members, the Vermont Arts Council, Allen Brothers Oil, C&S Wholesale Grocers, David Walter Goldsmith & Platinumsmith, the Four Columns Inn, People’s United Bank, Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters, and Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery.