Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Posters as Portraits

The Ballyhoo! website was published by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery to accompany an exhibition held there from 9 May, 2008 to 8 February, 2009, on portraiture in posters. The exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery's collections examined how a famous face could "enhance a poster, and, conversely, how posters have defined reputations of prominent Americans".
The website includes sections on the following subject areas: broadsheets and show posters; the poster craze (about art nouveau posters in Paris); wartime propaganda; export of American culture; the product and the promise (about product advertising); politics and protest; postermania of the 1960s; and film and music advertising.
Link: http://www.npg.si.edu/exhibit/ballyhoo/
Access: Free