Laughing Matters: Soviet Propaganda in Khrushchev's Thaw, 1956-1964was organized by curators Liliana Milkova and Masha Kowell and the Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Pennsylvania. The posters are from the collection of Aimée Brown Price and Monroe E. Price.
The 18 political posters in the exhibition offer a sample of propaganda from the "thaw," a period of post-Stalinist liberation during Nikita Khrushchev's ascendancy (1956-1964). The exhibition illuminates the changes in political rhetoric and iconography at a time when the Soviet Union encouraged an unprecedented “warming up” in all social and cultural spheres and struggled to define a new image of Soviet collective purpose.
Curators Liliana Milkova and Masha Kowell will present a talk on Thursday, October 28, at 4:15 p.m. in ARH 302 and an exhibition “walk-through” on Friday, October 29, at 4:15 p.m. in Burling Gallery.
The exhibition is presented by the Faulconer Gallery with support from the Russian Department and the Rosenfield Program.