Communist Cartoonist Subject of LOC Lecture

Posted April 6, 2004 at 3:13pm

The highly politicized work of caricaturist and cartoonist Hugo Gellert will be the subject of a noon lecture by Swann Foundation Fellow James Wechsler today in Dining Room A of the Library of Congress’ James Madison Building.

A member of the Communist Party of the U.S.A., the Hungarian-American Gellert was once investigated by the FBI, which viewed the artist as “potentially dangerous because of his power of appeal as a cartoonist.”

During “Black and White and Red All Over: The Caricatures and Cartoons of Hugo Gellert,” Wechsler, a Gellert scholar, will address the cartoonist’s use of the artistic medium to help radicalize the working class, as well as the techniques and tactics he employed.

Sponsored by the Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon and the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division, the event is free and open to the public.

ANC 6A Meets to Consider Liquor Licenses

ANC 6A, which covers Capitol Hill’s Near Northeast, Stanton Park and North Lincoln Park neighborhoods, will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Miner Elementary School, located on the 600 block of 15th Street Northeast.

In addition to conducting its mid-year budget review, the commission will weigh recommendations that minimum community standards be established for the renewal of Class A and Class B liquor licenses, as well as the approval of a $2,500 grant to the Friends of Lovejoy Park.

For more information, contact ANC 6A Chairman Joe Fengler at (202) 423-8868 or go to

— Bree Hocking