Addams’ Big Apple – A Review in Cartoon

Through June 8th, 2010, the Museum of the City of New York offers an opportunity to enjoy views of New York from an artist whose household name is not usually associated with urban representation. “Charles Addams’s New York is an exhibition of original artworks by the legendary New Yorker cartoonist that capture Addams’s quintessentially idiosyncratic and slyly subversive view of the city, depicting his signature macabre characters, twisted situations, and distorted reimaginings of the cityscape.” In an effort to encourage Omnibus readers (omnivorous consumers of city imagery that you are) to check it out, we asked another cartoonist, Amy Hwang, to review the show, and to do so in the medium that made Addams famous: the cartoon. -C.S.

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Image on right is Hwang’s recreation of an Addams cartoon published in The New Yorker October 1, 1979.

Image on right is Hwang’s recreation of an Addams cartoon published in The New Yorker February 21, 1959.

Image on right is Hwang’s recreation of an Addams cartoon published as the cover of The New Yorker February 16, 1981.

Charles Addams’s New York
On view through June 8

Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue
More info and museum hours.

Amy Hwang is an architect at Keith Strand Architect and a cartoonist. She lives in the West Village.

The views expressed here are those of the author only and do not reflect the position of Urban Omnibus editorial staff or the Architectural League of New York.



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