Jill Bugajski joined the TASS poster project in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008, since which she has played a critical role in the research and curatorial organization of the exhibition and publication Windows on the War: Soviet TASS Posters at Home and Abroad 1941-45. She is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Art History at Northwestern University, and devotes most of her time to studying political print culture and its international circulation. [November 2011]
Read MoreThe catalysts behind this volume, Damon Murray and Stephen Sorrell, are the proprietors of FUEL, a London-based design and publishing company that has brought out a series of books on Russian design and public culture
Read MoreOn 16 July 1966, the 73-year-old Chinese leader Mao Zedong swam the Yangtze River for the second time to demonstrate his vitality. The act became iconic in the cult of Mao, its image recycled into visual culture and heroic myth.
In the late 1990s, when the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago was packing up to prepare for renovations, a batch of brown-paper wrapped parcels was discovered tucked into a small, hidden space above the regular storage bins. They contained posters, most of them never accessioned by the museum, presumably because at the time they were received they didn’t quite seem to be proper “prints.” Read More