Art Gallery at University of Saint Joseph Shows Thomas Nast Political Cartoons on Elections of 1872 and 1876

Art Gallery at University of Saint Joseph Shows Thomas Nast Political Cartoons on Elections of 1872 and 1876

November 8, 2013

Gallery Talk on the exhibition The Noise of Democracy: Thomas Nast and the Elections of 1872 and 1876 will take place at the University of Saint Joseph Art Gallery on Tuesday, October 9 at 5:30 p.m. The Gallery Talk is free of charge and open to the public. The exhibition will remain on view through Sunday, December 9.

Art Gallery Director Ann H. Sievers and Curatorial Intern Tanekwah C. Hinds (Wellesley College, Class of 2015) will discuss renowned political cartoonist Thomas Nast’s treatment of the issues and personalities that shaped the Presidential elections of 1872 and 1876. As a cartoonist for Harper’s Weekly, Thomas Nast helped shape opinion in an age that faced many issues similar to those of today.  Monetary policy, third-party politics, and the separation of church and state were among Nast’s topics in this period, when he was at the height of his powers. Nast drew upon the Bible, Shakespeare, Aesop’s Fables, puns, popular songs and current colloquial expressions to create powerful commentaries on the 1872 race, which pitted Republican incumbent Ulysses S. Grant against newspaper publisher Horace Greeley, and the 1876 contest between Republican Rutherford B. Hayes and Democrat Samuel J. Tilden that resulted in the first disputed presidential election in American history.

All of the works in this exhibition are drawn from the 2006 gift of Judith and Norman Zlotsky.  For more information visit the exhibition webpage at          

The Art Gallery is located in Bruyette Athenaeum on the University of Saint Joseph’s West Hartford campus at 1678 Asylum Avenue. The Art Gallery presents regular exhibitions drawn from its permanent collection as well as loan exhibitions of historic art or of contemporary work by artists of national and international prominence.

The Art Gallery is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.; closed Monday. Admission is free of charge


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