News Archive 2009-2018

‘This Art Was Meant for the Masses’: Museum of Art Soviet Poster Exhibition Reviewed in Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal Archives

“For the Proletarian Park of Culture and Leisure,” 1932, lithograph by Vera Adamovna Gitsevich. Collection of Svetlana and Eric Silverman.

Writing in The Boston Globe, Mark Feeney describes the “eye-opening look at Soviet-era propoganda posters” currently on display at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Constructing Revolution: Soviet Propaganda Posters From Between the World Wars, runs until February 11, 2018, and “looks at the vibrant relationship between ideology and graphic design during those years,” writes Feeney.

Despite their age, he continues, “these posters still look modern and feel revolutionary — revolutionary in appearance as well as ideology.” Feeney goes on to point out “one of the more fascinating aspects” of the show for non-Russian readers, which is “how looking at the posters today puts us in the position of many viewers then, when a majority of the population was illiterate… Truly, this art was meant for the masses.”

Constructing Revolution also caught the attention of reviewer Edward Rothstein, writing in The Wall Street Journal. The article is behind a paywall, but subscribers to the WSJ can read it here.

All works in this exhibition are generously lent by Svetlana and Eric Silverman ’85, P’19.