Posters for the People

POSTERS FOR THE PEOPLE: ART OF THE WPA

November 5, 2009 – January 3, 2010

In Posterity Hall

Posters for the People is an exhibition exploring the social landscape of America during the New Deal through posters created by the Works Progress Administration (WPA). As part of the New Deal, the government-sponsored WPA employed thousands of out-of-work citizens, including hundreds of artists. From 1935 to 1943, the WPA Poster Division was responsible for designing, printing, and distributing posters to raise awareness about public issues and civic life. Featuring nearly 300 posters, including originals and reproductions, Posters for the People communicates the values, vision, and vitality of American democracy through art. The exhibition was presented in conjunction with Design for Social Impact.