Jules Feiffer discusses his work at Princeton’s Lewis Center
(Princeton, NJ) Jules Feiffer, Pulitzer-Prize winning cartoonist, playwright, children’s book author, illustrator and teacher will discuss his work at the Lewis Center for the Arts on Wednesday, December 2 at 4:30 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. The event is presented by the Lewis Center’s Performance Central program and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
Feiffer’s political cartoon strip, first called Sick Sick Sick and then Feiffer, ran for over 40 years in the Village Voice. He was also the first cartoonist commissioned by The New York Times to create comic strips for their Op-Ed page. Roberta Smith of The New York Times describes Feiffer’s cartoons as “Daumier mixed with substantial doses of Calder, Giacometti, Walt Disney, Philip Roth and Lenny Bruce. His were certainly not the first cartoons for grown-ups, but they may have been the first to chart the erratic inner life of emerging counterculture urban American adulthood in all its childish splendor, mood swings, narcissism, self-hate and alienation.”
In addition to his cartoons, Feiffer’s widely celebrated work includes the Obie-winning play Little Murders; the screenplay Carnal Knowledge; the Academy Award-winning anti-military satire Munro; the Tony nominee Knock Knock; and the Pulitzer nominee Grown-Ups, as well as his screenplays for Popeye and I Want to Go Home, winner at the Venice Film Festival. Feiffer reinvented himself as a children’s author with the award-winning Bark George and I Lost My Bear. He is also the acclaimed illustrator of The Phantom Tollbooth and the writer/illustrator of The Man in the Ceiling, soon to become a Broadway musical produced by Walt Disney.
Feiffer has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Writers Guild of America and the National Cartoonist Society and has been honored with major retrospectives at the New York Historical Society, the Library of Congress and The School of Visual Arts. He has taught at the Yale School of Drama, Northwestern University and Dartmouth College and is currently teaching at Stony Brook University.
Commenting on his work Feiffer said, “The whole point to drawing was to make it up out of your own imagination… Cartooning was supposed to be fun. If it couldn’t be fun, why do it?” Feiffer’s forthcoming memoir, Backing into Forward (NanTalese/Doubleday), relates how persistent failure inspired him to reinvent himself as an artist over and over.
The Lewis Center for the Arts is part of a major initiative announced by President Shirley M. Tilghman in 2006 to fully embrace the arts as an essential part of the educational experience for all who study and teach at Princeton University. The Lewis Center for the Arts will have a significant impact on the University and the larger community it serves. The public is welcomed to a full range of lectures, exhibitions, concerts and performances at the Center. Many of the Center’s events are free or charge a nominal admission fee.