Press Release: Jules Feiffer’s Drawings for The Long Chalkboard and Other Stories

This fall, the CUNY Graduate Center is presenting the first public showing of Jules Feiffer’s original drawings for The Long Chalkboard and Other Stories, three stories for adults by Feiffer’s wife, Jenny Allen.  Feiffer’s artwork will be on display in the Exhibition Hallway on the first floor of The Graduate Center from October 25 through December 22.  Presented under the auspices of the Art Gallery of the Graduate Center, the charcoal, pencil, and wash drawings can be viewed Mondays through Saturdays, 12-6 pm.. For further general public information, call 212-817-8060 (see above for press contact).  The Graduate Center is located at 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street.

(The press is invited to an opening reception on Friday, November 3, 5:30-7:30 pm).    
The Long Chalkboard and Other Stories is a collection of three bittersweet  modern fables by Jenny Allen, to be published in October by Pantheon Books.  Feiffer’s black-and-white illustrations coax to the surface some of life’s universal anxieties.  The stories reveal and dispel our deepest grown-up fears about career, family, and love; with her fine-tuned ear for the language and mores of our culture, Allen strikes a universal cord. 

Long acknowledged as one of America’s most original social and political satirists, Jules Feiffer’s hallmark style has influenced generations of cartoonists.  His Pulitzer Prize-winning comic strip provoked and delighted readers of the Village Voice from 1956 to 1997, and his cartoons, which appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Playboy, The Nation, and The New York Times, have been collected into nineteen books.  Feiffer is also the author of four novels and numerous plays, including Knock Knock, the Obie Award-winning Little Murders, and Grown Ups, and screenplays such as Carnal Knowledge, Popeye, and I Want to Go Home, winner of the award for best screenplay at the 1989 Venice Film Festival.  Since 1993, he has published eight critically-acclaimed children’s books, two of which are being adapted as animated cartoons.

The Graduate Center is the doctorate-granting institution of The City University of New York (CUNY). An internationally recognized center for advanced studies and a national model for public doctoral education, the school offers more than thirty doctoral programs as well as a number of master’s programs. Many of its faculty members are among the world’s leading scholars in their respective fields, and its alumni hold major positions in industry and government, as well as in academia. The Graduate Center is also home to twenty-eight interdisciplinary research centers and institutes focused on areas of compelling social, civic, cultural, and scientific concerns.  Located in a landmark Fifth Avenue building, The Graduate Center has become a vital part of New York City’s intellectual and cultural life with its extensive array of public lectures, exhibitions, concerts, and theatrical events.  Further information on The Graduate Center and its programs can be found at

Submitted on: OCT 1, 2006

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