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Françoise Mouly, Art Editor of The New Yorker since 1993, has been responsible for over 1,000 magazine covers. The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) has named many of Ms. Mouly’s selections “best cover of the year.”  Mouly has received copious awards including the Légion d’honneur, France’s highest honor, and Smithsonian’s 2015 Ingenuity Award. In 2012, Mouly released Blown Covers:  New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant to See.  This book explores the creative process behind the magazine’s famous covers and shares tales about great art that, for a range of reasons, she had to reject along the way. Blown Covers is the subject of the annual Fox-Adler Lecture to be held on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in Gannett Auditorium.

This exhibit is designed to offer you insight into Mouly and her creative vision as well as to pay tribute to those wonderful works that did not make their way onto the cover of The New Yorker.  Controversial caricature has a long and rich history. In the later cases, we also offer some historical context to New Yorker cover art with Regency and Victorian examples from the Fox-Adler’s namesake rare book collection in Skidmore’s Department of Special Collections that poke fun at fashion and social class.

Exhibit curated by Wendy Anthony, Special Collections Curator, Lucy Scribner Library
Assisted by Catherine J. Golden, Professor of English  and The Tisch Chair in Arts and Letters

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