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Library Gallery - Past Exhibit

The Art of Persuasion: Poster Design from 1896 through 2008

Exhibition: August 25 - December 13, 2009
Exhibition Lecture: 7:00 pm on Thrusday, October 8

The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery presents The Art of Persuasion: Poster Design from 1896 through 2008, on display from August 25th through December 13th, 2009.

The Art of Persuasion surveys a century of development in the visual language of posters. Presented in three distinct thematic groups—Pleasure & Leisure, Politics & Propaganda, and Commercial Advertising, this broad selection of posters highlights transformations in the art, culture, and technology of posters. Disseminating vital information through use of diverse visual strategies, poster artists engage the viewer to sell ideas and products.

Many of the posters in the exhibition are widely recognized and have been collected for their historic and cultural significance as well as their aesthetic qualities. Also included are posters identified as emerging landmarks in this ever evolving medium. Selections were drawn from UMBC’s Special Collections as well as public and private collections.

On October 8th at 7:00 pm, a discussion on poster design will be led by Post Typography, an award winning design studio based in Baltimore, Maryland. Specializing in graphic design, conceptual typography and custom lettering/illustration, Post Typography’s posters are collected by high school punk rockers and prominent designers alike. A reception will follow.

The presentation of this exhibition is supported in part by a General Operating Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from the Friends of the Library & Gallery, the Libby Kuhn Endowment, and private contributors.

The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 12 noon to 4:00 pm, on Thursday until 8 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 1 - 5 pm. Admission is free. For more information call 410-455-2270.

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