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Line of Thought: The Work of Saul Steinberg

July 25–September 30, 2023


Saul Steinberg, a Romanian American artist, gained fame for his humorous drawings in The New Yorker. However, his early life was marked by adversity. Facing antisemitism in Romania, he moved to Milan to study architecture in 1933 and also worked as a cartoonist until Mussolini's antisemitic racial laws forced him to leave. After completing his architectural degree, he sought refuge in the Dominican Republic and began sending drawings to US periodicals. By the time he arrived in New York City in 1942, several of his drawings had already been published in The New Yorker. Steinberg became a US citizen and continued collaborating with The New Yorker while exhibiting his art worldwide. In 2021, the OSU Museum of Art received a significant donation of Steinberg's work, showcased in the Line of Thought exhibition. Line of Thought explores the contrasts between the adversity Steinberg faced and the witty, satirical art he produced.


EVENTS: Second Saturday, August 9, 2023, 11 am – 2 pm


Christina Elliott, OSU Museum of Art Curator of Education

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    This exhibition has been made possible with the generous gift of this collection by The Saul Steinberg Foundation.

    Funding for this season of exhibitions and programs is provided by Malinda & Richard Fischer, Riccarda de Eccher & Bill Goldston, Caroline & John Linehan, Suzanne Sugg, and the OSU Museum of Art Advocates. 


    Top Image: Saul Steinberg (American/Romanian born, 1914-1999), Aviary, c. 1950-51. Screen print on paper for Piazza Prints. Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; Gift of Harvey Smith and Benjamin Piazza. © The Saul Steinberg Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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