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Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster, 1844-2012

Sign of the Times Exhibit


Thursday, July 5
Thursday, August 16

Wallace Exhibit Center, Living History Farms

Historically, the ephemeral hardworking American political poster has been hiding in plain sight, attempting to catch our eye and capture our vote through the use of visual language.

McKinley poster

unidentified artist, Republican Party candidate William L. McKinley, c. 1896–1900; lithograph on paper, 17 x 11 3/16 inches; Courtesy of Library of Congress.

In a survey that spans the life of these ubiquitous messengers, Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster 1844–2012 explores a variety of styles, design trends, and printing technology that will delight your eye, engage your imagination, and lead you to ruminate over past political commitments. Sign of the Times features the most exciting and rarely seen posters created in the last 170 years and opens July 5, 2018 at Living History Farms.

Sign of the Times was curated by Hal Wert, Ph.D., collector and professor of history at Kansas City Art Institute, and organized by Exhibits USA/Mid-America Arts Alliance.

The exhibit is included with regular admission to Living History Farms.

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