Romance and Reality: Posters from the Russian Revolution

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 9:00am to Friday, October 20, 2017 - 5:00pm
Poster of V. I. Lenin

Harvard Ed Portal (224 Western Ave. Allston, MA 02134)

One hundred years ago, the October Revolution overturned the longstanding Russian Empire, introducing a radically new form of government in the land that would become the Soviet Union. In order to secure support from the masses, the new Soviet government invested time, money, and energy into propaganda that they distributed throughout the new nation. Posters were particularly useful for getting messages and ideas across to a largely illiterate population, and could be displayed in public areas for all to see. Through the images in this exhibition, dating from the first decade of the USSR, it is possible to see the hope and passion of those early years, as well as the countervailing tensions endemic to building a new nation.

RELATED: Reception with Prof. Terry Martin on Thursday, September 28 and printmaking workshop for families on Saturday, October 14.

Sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Harvard Ed Portal.

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