Designed to Inspire


Lynda Barry’s Visionary Exhibit at Madison Children’s Museum

By Holly Henschen

“Why do kids like making marks that make shapes that make stories? Adults are scared to do this. Why?”

This is the central thesis of “Drawing Fast and Slow: The Compbook Art of Lynda Barry,” on display at the Madison Children’s Museum through the end of March. The exhibit provides a glimpse into the imagination and artistic process of Wisconsin’s premier cartoonist-turned-creativity coach.

The eclectic display, located on the ground floor of a museum dedicated to free-form creativity, dissects societal attitudes and behaviors toward art. It is bursting with visionary yet kitschy paintings, drawings and collages paired with inspiring koans like, “Do kids need to draw? Do adults? Why?”

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