Friday, September 5, 2008

Museum of propaganda, literally


What looks like a wonderful show on Chinese propaganda art, which has become one of my favorite topics, opens today at the Asia Society in Manhattan. I bought a bunch of these posters in China last year — there are cheap reproductions of Cultural Revolution-era prints available from street vendors all over tourist Beijing — and have been reading about the phenomenon in books by Steven Heller and others. (One day I’ll get around to posting images of the posters I picked up, but it’s so much easier to just let other people do all the scanning work. I don’t even know how, really.)

Holland Cotter, who went to China recently and has been writing up a storm about it, reviewed the show in the Times today. The press release for the exhibition lists a lot of interesting lectures, films and other public programs too. Looking forward to it.


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