This essay explores Kruse’s use of humor in his art criticism and self-representation, considers how and why both aspects of his work relate to America’s enthusiasm for caricature during the interwar years, and examines how an artist adept with mass media and speaking to broad audiences engaged caricature and publicity to combat his fraught status in the art world.
Public scholarship is a way to counter challenges to the relevance of art history. It is a way to connect academic knowledge and community knowledge. It is a way to honor social knowledge. It is a way to share expertise, so that more people have access to reliable information. It is a way to support the democratic potential of museums and higher education.
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