Lincoln City Libraries invites the public to the opening reception Friday, December 7 for its traveling exhibit "Campaigns and Cartoons: The Role of Caricature in Political Persuasion." The reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street, is part of the First Friday Art Walk.
The exhibit is on loan from the Harrison Presidential Site in Indianapolis and will be on display through January 2013. It features 36 original sketches and published political cartoons examining the evolution of the art form and the lives of noted artists who produced and popularized symbols such as Uncle Sam, Miss Columbia, the donkey and the elephant.
In connection with the exhibit, political cartoonist Neal Obermeyer will give a gallery talk at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 16.
The exhibit is one of several events scheduled as part of the 2012 One Book - One Lincoln community reading program. This year's selection is Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard. The book tells the story of President James Garfield, who was shot four months after taking office. Millard details the politics, medicine and science of the era in her best-selling narrative history.
Copies of the book are available at Lincoln City Libraries and retailers in various formats. For more information or to schedule a discussion leader, visit lincolnlibraries.org or call 402-441-8500.