A Dog’s Life (With a Special Appearance by Cats)

Selections from the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor

Media Contact: Michelle Jeffers (415) 557-4282; mjeffers@sfpl.org

Exhibition at San Francisco Main Library Opens April 1, 2010

The canine—humankind’s best friend, celebrated in literature, art, cinema, cartoons and this year—at the San Francisco Public Library. The exhibition, A Dog’s Life (With a Special Appearance by Cats), is a comic take on dogs and their sometime sidekicks, cats. Drawn from the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor, the Library’s annual wit & humor exhibition features the work of classic magazine illustrators, beloved characters from newspapers and comic books and doggish anecdotes and images from around the world. Presented by the Book Arts & Special Collections Center, the exhibition opens April 1 and continues through May 31, in the Skylight Gallery, Sixth Floor, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco.

Among the treasures on display will be prints of dog and cat cartoons from The New Yorker including cartoonist George Booth, who has been published in the magazine since the late 1960s, and beloved writer, cartoonist and wit, James Thurber, whose work was featured in the magazine from the 1930s to the 1950s. Illustrations from the original Life magazine published by John Ames Mitchell will also be on view along with much-adored Charles M. Schulz’s Snoopy and contemporary cartoon strips such as Patrick McDonnell’s Mutts and Darby Conley’s Get Fuzzy.

The Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor (SCOWAH) is a unique library resource located in the Book Arts & Special Collections Center of the Main Library. This non-circulating research collection, SCOWAH was presented as a gift to the San Francisco Public Library in 1947 by Nat Schmulowitz—attorney, bibliophile, humanitarian and pet lover. The collection is considered the largest wit & humor collection in a public library. The annual SCOWAH exhibition, which opens every April Fools’ Day, is a tribute to Mr. Schmulowitz’s generosity and lifelong interest in the Library.

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