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an exhibition on the power and imagination of Polish poster artists

Saturday, March 15, 2003 - Sunday, April 13, 2003
Opening reception March 15, 6-9 PM

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, John Sutton Hall
1011 South Drive, Indiana, PA
Hours: Tues. through Sat. 12-5 PM; Evening Hours Thurs. 5-9 PM; Closed Sundays and Mondays

Polish posters, especially for film and theater, established themselves in the 1960s and '70s as among Poland's most innovative cultural products, constituting a highly developed art form. This was in part the result of a system of film production and distribution that was not entirely dependent in those days upon the easy enticements that might heighten box-office receipts. But the influence of this "Polish school" of poster art can still be seen today in what continues to be one of Poland's internationally acclaimed cultural products.

The exhibition of 150 posters consists of an introductory section of selected works from the years 1939 - 1989 that reflect the loss - twice - of independence, and its ultimate recovery. The main body of the show features contemporary Polish posters created between 1990 and 2003 by representatives of every generation in poster design since the outbreak of war in 1939. All the most widely recognized artists are included, such as the masters of the old "Polish school": Roman Cieslewicz, Jan Lenica, Jan Mlodozeniec, Franciszek Starowieyski, and Waldemar Swierzy; "second generation" designers like Mieczyslaw Gorowski, Roman Kalarus, Piotr Kunce, Lech Majewski, Mieczyslaw Wasilewski, all professors at fine arts academies in Poland, along with independent artists Wieslaw Rosocha, Wiktor Sadowski, and Wieslaw Walkuski; and the youngest generation: Grzegorz Adamczyk, Wieslaw Grzegorczyk, Sebastian Kubica, and Kuba Sowinski.

The exhibition includes examples of virtually all applications of Polish poster art: to cultural events in film, theatre, opera, and music, as well as exhibitions, festivals, and competitions, to social and political issues; and finally, in a few cases, to commercial advertising.

The exhibition was curated by Krzysztof Dydo, collector and critic, author and editor of books on poster art, and owner of the Dydo Poster Collection and the Poster Gallery in Cracow, and Professor Irena Kabala, art historian and critic.

A catalogue, supported in part by the Polish Cultural Institute, offering 150 color reproductions of works by more than 50 artists, with biographical/exhibit information on each and essays on Polish poster art, embraces every generation of poster designers since 1939.

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Curator's Presentation:

Krzysztof Dydo, March 12, 4 PM, McVitty Auditorium, Sprowls Hall

Opening Presentation:

Danuta Boczar, "The Polish Poster, Yesterday and Today", March 15, 5:00 p.m., Room 101, McElhaney Hall

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