Posters and Patriotism: Selling World War I in New York

Posters and Patriotism:
Selling World War I in New York


When: Saturday, August 12, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Where: Museum of the City of New York
Where: 1220 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029


About the Event:

Join ADSNY when historian and curator Donald Albrecht leads us through his latest exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York. When the United States entered World War I in April 1917, New York City’s artists and illustrators enlisted in the war effort as part of the federal government’s new Division of Pictorial Publicity. On this tour, we will see many posters created by individuals who would later become some of the most notable graphic designers and illustrators of the 1920s and 30s. As we explore the exhibition, Albrecht will explain how the outpouring of posters, flyers, magazine art, sheet music covers, and other mass-produced images created by these designers and artists stirred the American public to wartime loyalty, duty, and sacrifice.

The tour will include over 60 examples from the World War I poster collection of railroad executive and financier John W. Campbell, most of which are being exhibited for the first time. We will also see the work of defiant artists in such colorful publications as The Masses, The Fatherland, and Mother Earth that illustrate how New York had also been a city at war with itself during this period. In the early twentieth century New York was a place where debates about ethnic and racial loyalty, pacifism, the right to side with France, Belgium, and England or Germany, and the very meaning of patriotism spawned impassioned art for a mass audience.

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