When Posters Went to War: Organizations Behind World War I Posters

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Free and open to the public.

WWI_Exhibition_PosterWhen Posters Went to War: Organizations Behind World War I Posters is a student-curated exhibition currently on view in Mc Farlin Library’s Special Collections (5th floor reading room).  The students in Dr. Kirsten Olds’ course Art History 4803 “Cultural Responses to War in the 20th Century” this semester have been working with Marc Carlson and the staff at Special Collections to mount an exhibition in the reading room of posters from World War I. The exhibition explores the production of wartime posters at home and abroad in the United States and England. Sponsored by a variety of organizations and produced by artists famed and unknown, these posters appealed to viewers to ration food, buy bonds, nurse the wounded, and enlist. In groups the students designed display vitrines containing reproductions of posters in our Special Collections and individually they analyzed specific posters for the Special Collections blog. The exhibition opens November 1 and will be on view through the end of the Fall semester. 

Special Collections is free and open to the public Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Kirsten Olds