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Town Hall Seattle: Arts & Culture Series

Town Hall’s Arts & Culture series elevates the voices of local artists while bringing world-renowned cultural icons to Seattle audiences. The series celebrates music, photography, sculpture, philosophy, heritage, and traditions around the world that enrich our lives.

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Nov 16, 2017

When we’re distraught over the state of our country, sometimes the best we can do is laugh. Luckily we have Barry Blitt, whose satirical cartoons have lampooned American politics and culture for decades. His iconic New Yorker covers are era-defining images, earning adoration from critics and fans and piles of hate mail from everyone else. He took our stage to share pages from his latest anthology Blitt, opening his private sketchbooks to show us never-before-seen drafts and uproarious rejected illustrations, all marked up with hand-scrawled annotations and self-deprecating witticisms.

Blitt is joined onstage by Comedian and Former NPR host Luke Burbank. Recognizable as a frequent guest on “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me”, “All Things Considered”, and “This American Life”, Burbank is the current host of the Portland radio variety show “Live Wire!” In a lavish, full-color evening, they unpack Blitt’s work and illuminate his creative process.

Barry Blitt is a cartoonist and illustrator. Since 1992, he has contributed illustrations and more than one hundred covers to The New Yorker, including “Deluged,” voted Cover of the Year by the American Society of Magazine Editors in 2006, and “The Politics of Fear,” a finalist for the same award in 2009. Blitt’s work has also appeared in Vanity Fair, Time, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, and The New York Times.

Buy the book: Blitt (Elliott Bay Books)

Recorded live at The Summit by Town Hall Seattle Friday, November 3, 2017