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May 11, 2016

With a Wink and a Nod: Cartoonists of the Gilded Age Special Exhibition Coming this Summer

Collection of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf, courtesy of the Flagler Museum.

The Driehaus Museum is pleased to announce our newest special exhibition for 2016.

Puck, the pioneering magazine of the Gilded Age, sought to change the world through satirical drawings. With a Wink and a Nod: Cartoonists of the Gilded Age features 74 rare original drawings created for Puck, as well as published cartoons and over 20 vintage magazines.

The pages of Puck are a unique vantage point for understanding life in Gilded Age America. During this period Chicago banker Samuel M. Nickerson and his family lived in the Driehaus Museum’s Italianate ‘Marble Palace’. The Nickersons may have laughed with recognition when Puck poked fun at the wealthy classes, or enjoyed the special 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition edition, which Keppler moved to Chicago briefly to produce. On view in the restored second-floor galleries—once the Nickersons’ private bedrooms—With a Wink and a Nod offers an immersive experience of the culture in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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