The Michener Art Museum shows New York Cartoonist Sylvia Getsler

artwork: Sylvia Getsler "I slipped on your...", circa 1960 - Pen and ink on paper - 8 1/2" x 11" - Private Collection. - On view at the Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA until July 1st in  "Have Gags Will Travel: The Life and Times of a New York Cartoonist"


Doylestown, Pennsylvania.- In the 1950s, Rosie the Riveter morphed into Betty Crocker, and Madison Avenue’s seductive images of happiness and contentment in the home governed women’s lives. Sylvia Getsler chose a different path. The Michener Art Museum is taking a close look at that path in “Have Gags Will Travel: The Life and Times of a New York Cartoonist”, on view through July 1st in the Pfundt Gallery. This exhibit is sponsored by Mary Lou and Andrew Abruzzese, The Pineville Tavern. From The New Yorker to Boys’ Life, from lurid detective magazines to church quarterlies, the “gag” has become such a staple of American life that we rarely notice the skills that go into making them. Sylvia Getsler (1926-2009) was a rarity in the cartooning world—a highly successful female gag artist whose work was published in the Saturday Evening Post, Playboy, True Detective, McCall’s, and Ladies Home Journal.