Evil juxtaposes patriotism in posters

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WOOSTER, Ohio – Images of patriotism, heroism and idealism, juxtaposed with portraits of evil, atrocity and threats to freedom, will be on display when The College of Wooster Art Museum presents World War II Posters, 1939-1945, through May 12.

The exhibit will be in the Ebert Art Center, 1220 Beall Ave.

From the Battle of Britain to Allied victories in Europe and the Pacific, more than 70 posters from Wooster’s permanent collection of approximately 200 will be on display in the Sussel Gallery and the Burton D. Morgan Gallery.

Guest curators Beth Irwin Lewis and Arn Lewis will present a gallery talk April 24, noon to 1 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public.

The Sussel Galley will feature posters that portray Images of the Total War, including such themes as invasion, national self-images, images of the enemy, and images of the United Nations.

The Burton D. Morgan Gallery will display posters that present The Nation at War, focusing on the home front and wartime production.

Included in the exhibition will be the Four Freedoms by Norman Rockwell; several unflattering caricatures of Hitler and other German leaders; a poster featuring the five Sullivan Brothers, all of whom were killed when their ship was sunk; and a tribute to Dorie Miller, the African-American sailor whose heroic actions during the attack on Pearl Harbor led to his selection as a Navy Cross recipient.

World War II posters were created by artists and advertising agencies and displayed in post offices, government offices, factories, schools, sidewalk kiosks and other venues.

This exhibition includes several of the award-winning posters from the second Museum of Modern Art competition – the National War Poster Competition.

Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.

Group tours are available.

For more information call 330-263-2290 or visit www.wooster.edu/artmuseum.

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