The Soviet Poster Show travels to my alma mater in Ft Collins, Colorado in October to celebrate the retirement of my design professor Phil Risbeck and the opening of a new arts complex on Colorado State campus. Honored to speak and to thank Phil for shaping so many lives.
THE SOVIET POSTER SHOW AT THE WENDE MUSEUM
The exhibition will include extensive works of Shepard Fairey as well as the Wende permanent collection of Cold War art and memorabilia.
The Glasnost and Perestroika themed Soviet Poster Show was assembled in 1987 to launch the San Diego Chapter of the AIGA. Now under the guidance of Ron Miriello, the Wende Museum exhibition inaugurates the first of several showings of the rare collection, planned for 2019.
Crumbling Empire opens February 10, 2019 and runs to June 2.
Wende Museum curator Joes Segal has assembled four important poster collections under the exhibition titled Crumbling Empire. The Tom and Jeri Ferris Russian Collection feature works by important artists from the Soviet Bloc asking viewers to seek aesthetic and political parallels, continuities, and differences in subversive expressions across national and historical contexts. Poster work by artist Shepard Fairey brings a present-day interpretation of protest poster art. The Ron Miriello Soviet Poster Show collection provides an historical context from the Soviet Glasnost and Peristroika period. The Wende also presents the first U.S. museum exhibition of the North Korean dissident artist Sun Mu who fled his country in 1998. Trained as a propaganda-poster artist, he continues to work in the style in which he once glorified the North Korean army and state leaders, ironically turning propagandistic messages on their heads.
The Wende Museum The Armory, Culver City, California
Sunday, February 10, 2019 - Sunday, June 2, 2019
The Soviet Poster Show has agreed to lend a selection of posters for a 2019 Cold War exhibition being organized at the newly opened Wende Museum of The Cold War, in Culver City California. Named Wende (pronounced “venda”), a German word meaning “turning point” or “change” that has come to describe the transformative period leading up to and following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the Wende Museum collects and preserves artwork, artifacts, archives, films, and personal histories from Cold War–era Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union relating to the period 1945–1991.
The museum recently relocated to its new home at the historic former National Guard Armory Building on Culver Blvd where it can house and display a rotation of over 100,000 objects related to the cold war era.
The Wende Museum is located at 5741 Buckingham Parkway in Culver City, California. The Museum is open to the public every Friday from 10am to 5pm or by appointment. Admission is free. For more information, call 310-216-1600 or go to www.wendemuseum.org.
Further details on this 2019 exhibition will be announced in the coming months.
"The Soviet Poster Show at the San Diego City Art Gallery provides both answers and questions to why it is worth remembering the country that once was...."
Steven Heller wrote the Soviet Poster Show catalogue intro in 1989. Here is his recent article (from the Daily Heller) on Soviet design for cigarette packages and how they were used in the support of state ideology.
You can read the article and view event images on Poster Poster Site
Dialogues: Poster Art of the Soviet Union was created and organized by the faculty and students of the San Diego City College graphic design program. Thanks to Ron Miriello, the owner of the poster collection for sharing these treasures with our community.