September 7 – October 2, Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts Gallery
OPENING RECEPTION for these concurrent exhibits and talk by Dr. Stefka Hristova, “Iconography of War” September 7, 5-7pm, Rozsa Gallery
World War I was the first time graphic posters were widely used for a political cause. Countries around the world made use of the medium to foster patriotic support for specific needs such as enlistment, war financing, conservation, relief activities, and war-related public employment. Some iconic images came out of the U.S. campaign, for example, James Montgomery Flagg’s Uncle Sam and Alonzo Foringer’s Greatest Mother in the World for the American Red Cross. Dr. Hristova discusses the functions of such posters in representing broader contexts of changing social life.
SHELL-SHOCKED recreates the sensorium of battle at the western front, matching historic silent film footage to audio recreations of battlefield sounds. Featuring sound design by Christopher Plummer and Michigan Tech’s sound design students, this multimedia installation brings the horrific reality experienced by soldiers who fought in the war into sharp contrast with the patriotic rhetoric of AMERICAN AND FRENCH PROPAGANDA POSTERS.
American and French Propaganda Posters are on loan from the Marquette Regional History Center.