While much of the history of portraiture involves capturing a dignified portrayal of a sitter, there is a time-honored alternative tradition that uses humor and exaggeration to satirize someone or provide commentary on political or other current events. From Andrew Carnegie to Mayor Tom Murphy, how does caricature work, and what motivations and creative processes drive it?
Join us for an evening of musings on caricature and portraiture with one of Pittsburgh’s most renowned cartoonists, Tim Menees. We’ll hear the rarely heard stories behind his cartoons that made Menees enamored with satirizing Pittsburgh and its people for decades. We’ll also catch an early glimpse into Menees’ vast collection of original sketches and cartoons, which he donated to the History Center in 2017. A parking chair with Menees’ caricature of Mayor Tom Murphy appears in the Smithsonian’s Portraits of Pittsburgh: Works from the National Portrait Gallery exhibit.
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Tim Menees grew up in and near Seattle. After college and the Air Force, he wrote for the Seattle P-I, then drew political cartoons for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for 30 years. His cartoons appeared in national newspapers and newsmagazines, cartoon anthologies, and on network TV. He also wrote and illustrated a weekly column and feature stories on a 24-hour visit inside a state penitentiary, a week aboard a Great Lakes freighter and the arts behind bars. He drew syndicated comic strips, and among his fans was Susan Ford who gave a drawing to her dad, the president. The Pittsburgh New Works Festival staged his children’s play and gave another a seated reading. The FirstStage Theatre in Los Angeles put on one of his 10-minute plays. In 2010, one of his paintings was part of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh’s show at the Carnegie Museum of Art. His work is represented by a gallery in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. He has taught creative writing at Western Pen and has played piano and accordion in three different groups. Four of his short stories have recently run in online literary journals, and “House Tour” was published in The Evening Street Review. At present his cartoons appear in the Pittsburgh Quarterly as has his writing. His non-fiction also appears in Boomer Cafe.