Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Online Exhibit: The Graphics of Revolution and War

The Graphics of Revolution and War: Iranian Poster Art
This permanent online exhibit was collaboratively produced with a loan exhibition of the University of Chicago's posters on display at the Indiana University Art Museum from October 15 to December 18, 2011 ( The posters in the Bloomington exhibition were generously lent by the Special Collections Research Center of the University of Chicago Library.

The Bloomington exhibition was made possible in part by funding from the Thomas T. Solley Endowed Fund for the Pamela Buell Curator of Asian Art, Themester 2011, IU Art Museum ARC Fund, and The Center for the Study of the Middle East. The exhibition was guest curated by Professor Christiane Gruber, University of Michigan, and her doctoral student Elizabeth Rauh. The organizing curator was Judy Stubbs, the IU Art Museum's Pamela Buell Curator of Asian Art.
The website was produced and designed by Elisabeth M. Long, co-director of the University of Chicago's Digital Library Development Center, and Brad Busenius, web and graphic design specialist.
The collection of Iranian revolutionary and wartime posters are held in the University of Chicago's Special Collections Research Center. After the 1979 Revolution, the posters were acquired by Dr. Paul Sprachman, then Persian bibliographer at the University of Chicago. Dr. Sprachman acquired the posters in 1981-1982 with Title IIC funding for the University of Chicago Library's acquisition program for Persian materials. Most of the Iranian posters held in the University of Chicago's collection were bought in Istanbul and Damascus. Others were purchased in London, Paris, Istanbul, Damascus, and various other places in Pakistan and India.

It is our understanding that the posters in this exhibit are not protected under U.S. copyright law.  To learn more about these and other posters held in the collection or to obtain information on ordering publication-quality images, please visit the Guide to the Middle Eastern Posters Collection 1970s-1990s.

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