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World-Herald's Jeff Koterba to speak at Council Bluffs' Hoff Center to open cartoon exhibit

World-Herald's Jeff Koterba to speak at Council Bluffs' Hoff Center to open cartoon exhibit

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Editorial cartoonist Jeff Koterba

Jeff Koterba at his drawing table, before he started working digitally.

A talk by World-Herald editorial cartoonist Jeff Koterba will launch a new exhibit at the Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center in Council Bluffs.

Koterba will speak on “Illustrating the Future” at 6 p.m. Friday at the center, 1001 S. Sixth St. The event will be the first gathering in the Hoff Center since it closed in mid-March because of the coronavirus .

The talk accompanies “Lines With Power and Purpose: Editorial Cartooning,” which features 51 historic cartoons from the nation’s metropolitan newspapers. The original works include cartoons by six Pulitzer Prize winners from the first half of the 20th century.

The drawings offer a glimpse at political commentary during an era spanning two World Wars, the Great Depression, nostalgia for the homespun charm of the Midwest, presidential elections and discontent with the government. They not only provided comic relief but also were meant to shape public opinion.

The exhibit comes from the Melton Gallery at the University of Central Oklahoma, where the cartoons have been housed for more than three decades. It was originally set to open in May.

Koterba’s talk will center on how his work process has evolved and how to embrace change. People are welcome to bring sketchbooks. Preregister at Pottawattamie Arts Culture and Entertainment’s website or call 712-890-5600 if you want to attend the free talk in the center’s bar area. The gallery will be open for exhibit viewing.

The exhibit will run through June 21. Hours are 5-9 p.m. Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Guests to the center are required to register for exhibit viewing at the above website or phone number, wear a mask and observe social distancing.

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Betsie covers a little bit of everything for The World-Herald's Living section, including theater, religion and anything else that might need attention. Phone: 402-444-1267.

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