Artist Reception: Workers of the World, Unite!

Saturday Mar. 28, 2015 5-7pm

Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum will be exhibiting Russian Civil War posters from 1918 – 1923, from the Cellini Collection, in the exhibition “Workers of the World, Unite!” held from March 7 – April 30. An opening reception will be held Saturday, March 28 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

The exhibit will feature 25 original works from The Cellini Collection, dating from 1918-1923, featuring full bold color and design through the lithograph technique. Each poster will be accompanied by an English translation of the Russian text. The exhibition will be also accompanied by a scholarly paper about the period by Aaron Hale- Dorrell, PhD. You can read the whole text here.

“Russian propaganda posters show how revolution and civil war turned society upside down. The posters helped popularize the ideology of the Russian Revolution and, in the years following the Russian Civil War (1917–22), remained symbols of the conflict that established the Soviet Union,…Taking power in the name of workers, the new Soviet government under Lenin and the Bolsheviks declared a “dictatorship of the proletariat” and pledged to cast down old elites: aristocrats and capitalists. To shape popular opinion, propaganda posters recast humble toilers as heroes of the factories and mines,” Hale-Dorrell, PhD.

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