Anti-Trump cartoons killed by Pennsylvania newspaper to be displayed in new DC exhibit


More than a dozen anti-Trump cartoons that the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette refused to publish will soon appear in a Washington, D.C., exhibit. 

The Washington Post reported on Friday that 18 editorial cartoons produced by Rob Rogers will be put on display in a pop-up exhibit at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design. 

{mosads}According to the Post, Sanjit Sethi, director of George Washington University’s Corcoran School, crafted the idea after reading about the anti-Trump cartoons that led to Rogers’s firing from the paper. 

Sethi told the Post that placing the cartoons in the exhibit was a “no brainer.”

“It was really powerful for me to make sure the Corcoran could have work like that — as a point of departure and a point of discussion,” Sethi said. 

Rogers was dismissed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette earlier this month after a string of his cartoons that were critical of President Trump were spiked. 

Rogers told the Philadelphia Inqurer that he was fired after the newspaper’s editorial director, Keith Burris, killed six of his cartoons while he was on vacation in May. The newspaper reported that Rogers had 19 of his editorial cartoons or ideas killed after Burris became editorial director in March. 

The paper’s publisher, John Robinson Block, has contended that Rogers’s termination was because of a “a personnel matter.” Block, who hired Burris, has been described as a Trump supporter by the Inquirer.

In addition to the D.C. pop-up exhibit, Rogers’s cartoons will also be featured in his hometown. According to the Post, Rogers’s wife, Sylvia Rhor, will curate a larger exhibit at the University of Pittsburgh, where she is the incoming gallery director.

“Spiked: The Unpublished Political Cartoons of Rob Rogers” is set to open on July 18. 

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