SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS All Jules Feiffer Wanted
Was To Reflect Our Time
HIS evening was Jules Feiffer’s turn to dance "and we are dazzled by your big finish," said Rodlyn H. Douglas, director of the Visual Arts Foundation.
WABC Eyewitness News reporter Lauren Glassberg emceed the awards dinner as the School of Visual Arts honored the 76-year-old cartoonist/playwright for his 50 years of social satire.
Ms. Douglas saluted Feiffer as "one of the greatest visual artists of our time." David Rhodes, president of the School of Visual Arts, presented Feiffer with the SVA 2006 Master Series Award at a dinner at the University Club in New York.
Past honorees include Seymour Chwast, Milton Glaser, Mary Ellen Mark and Duane Michals.
SVA president David Rhodes and SVA founding chairman Silas A. Rhodes led the standing ovation.
"All I wanted to do," Feiffer responded, "was to reflect our times. What you saw in the press didn’t reflect that. What you read from everybody was bullshit."
He said he came out from the underground, along with the Compass Players, Elaine May and Mike Nichols, Lenny Bruce and Mort Sahl all trying "to figure out for the reader what it is you’re not being told, what is really going on."
A Jules Feiffer exhibition runs through December 2 at the Visual Arts Museum, 209 East 23rd Street, New York City.