Propaganda Art in WWII Exhibit at the National Museum of the Pacific War
Jun 05 2017 to Aug 14 2017
“Drawn to War”. During WWII propaganda was a major weapon on and off the battlefield. Propaganda in art became common and was widely distributed. This wide ranging and colorful exhibit features artifacts from the Gregg and Michelle Philipson Collection and Archive. Both of the Philipsons lost many family members in the Holocaust, and they wanted to keep the memories alive of those who perished by assembling a prolific collection of examples of the propaganda used during the war. They also feel it is important to share these artifacts with the public through exhibitions around the U.S.
Among the items displayed are anti-Fascist political cartoons by Theodor Seuss Geisel, AKA Dr. Seuss, who is known for his popular children’s books. Less well known is that he worked as an illustrator for the U.S. War Department. Other pieces of propaganda in the exhibit are by Arthur Szyk, who became one of the 20th century’s most important political propagandists. He is known for his anti-Nazi and Axis cartoons.
This exhibit will be available in the Temporary Gallery until 14 August 2017. It will be part of Fredericksburg’s First Friday Art Walk on 7 July. Gregg Philipson will be on hand that evening to answer questions and he will speak at 6 pm. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit is free to the public.
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