Smart Talk: Brett Bowles The Art of Propaganda: French and American Posters of the First World War

  • 7:30 PM–8:30 PM

116 Art Building West


Despite the increasing importance of radio and cinema during World War I, print media were still the primary tools of persuasion—that is, propaganda—for all the major combatant nations. Brett Bowles, associate professor of French studies at Indiana University Bloomington and an avid collector of vintage posters, will discuss wartime bond-poster design and aesthetics in France and the U.S. Bowles will consider the political and economic contexts in which the posters were produced, evaluate their effectiveness as public art, and analyze the different stylistic and aesthetic strategies employed in the two countries.

Brett Bowles is a cultural historian of twentieth-century France, specializing in the political and social dimensions of cinema and other mass media. In addition to serving on the editorial boards of French Historical Studies, French History, Modern & Contemporary France, and the Historical Journal of Film, Television, and Radio, he has been collecting and restoring vintage posters for more than ten years.

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