Why We Fought: American WWI Posters and the Art of Persuasion

  • Date: August 28, 2017 - December 8, 2017
  • Location: USM AREA Gallery, Portland

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Why We Fought: American WWI Posters and the Art of Persuasion

August 28 - December 8

AREA Gallery, Woodbury Campus Center, Portland campus

Opening Reception: September 7, 4pm - 6pm, opening remarks at 5pm.

Thirteen World War I posters provide a diverse historical context for the many ways in which graphic propaganda was used by the U.S. government and various community groups to bolster support for an unpopular war and convince Americans to do their part to ensure an Allied victory. Rotating displays of USM student responses provide a wide range of contemporary perspectives. The posters are a recent gift to USM Special Collections by retired Tufts history professor Howard Solomon. Co-organized by USM Special Collections and USM Art Galleries.

All exhibitions and events hosted by the USM Art Department and Gallery are free and open to the public. To learn more about 2017 exhibitions and programs, visit the USM Art Galleries website.


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USM AREA Gallery

Woodbury Campus Center
35 Bedford St.
Portland  ME  04101 

Carolyn Eyler