Democracy, Elections, Design, and Paper

Politics on Paper: Election Posters and Ephemera” from The Wolfsonian–FIU Collection showcases election posters and other political ephemera from the United States and Europe between 1918 and 1945.

Poster, Our Friend, 1944; Designed by Ben Shahn (American, b. Lithuania, 1898–1969); Published by the National Citizens Political Action Committee, New York; Color lithograph; The Wolfsonian–FIU, The Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Collection, 85.4.1; Photo: Silvia Ros

The material is drawn from collections of The Wolfsonian–FIU and the Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Study Centre. Beginning September 24th and running through October, the exhibit includes thirteen political posters as well as library materials and rare books that “raise intriguing parallels between the featured era and today’s political advertisements.”  The exhibition will also include Political Advertisement VII (1952-2008), a compilation of American television campaign spots by Antoni Muntadas and Marshall Reese. And don’t forget to vote.

Poster, Zurück zu Brüning [Back to Brüning], 1932; Published by Karl Jores, Cologne, Germany; Printed by Kölner Görreshaus AG, Cologne, Germany; Color lithograph; The Wolfsonian–FIU, The Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Collection; TD1991.146.13; Photo: David Almeida

Poster, Vote Communist, 1924; Hugo Gellert (American, b. Hungary, 1892¬–1985); Published by the Workers Party, New York; Color lithograph; The Wolfsonian–FIU, Purchase, Curatorial Discretionary Fund; 2000.12.1; Photo: David Almeida

Poster, Kleurt Noord Holland Rood [Color North Holland Red], 1935; Designed by Albert Hahn, Jr. (Dutch, 1894–1953); Published by the Sociaal Democratische Arbeiders Partij (SDAP); The Netherlands; Color lithograph;; The Wolfsonian–FIU, The Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Collection, XX1990.2801; Photo: David Almeida

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