University Libraries Gallery 'economic patriotism' exhibition

VERMILLION, S.D. -- In cooperation with The University of South Dakota Art Galleries and the Art, Exhibits and Events Committee (AEE), University Libraries and John Charles Cox presents, “Illustration of the 1950’s & 1960’s: The Propaganda of Economic Patriotism,” in the University Libraries Gallery, first floor, from Jan. 25 through April 29. Cox is a master of fine arts candidate at USD and guest student curator.

“John Cox has done a wonderful job selecting visually charged illustrations and his juxtapositions of these illustrations furthers discourse,” said Sarah A. Hanson, curator of photographs at University Libraries and AEE member. “This exhibit is an interesting way to present this time period of American history.”

‘Economic patriotism’ is the theory that strict, governmentally-administered local commerce will create a progressing, profitable economy.  The propaganda on display promotes economic patriotism using visual representations of fear and peer-pressure to garner unification. Care has been taken in the juxtaposition of these artworks to enhance impact and, in some cases, irrationality. Many of these artworks contain text that has deteriorated or had contained text that has fallen off altogether.

“University Art Galleries is excited to support the student guest curator show,” said Eddie Welch, director of University Art Galleries, “which enables art students to design and hang their own show in a visible public space on campus.”

“Illustration of the 1950’s & 1960’s: The Propaganda of Economic Patriotism” is available for public viewing Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., on Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.  For more information about the exhibit, please contact Hanson at (605) 677-5249 or e-mail Sarah.Hanson@usd.edu.

This exhibition features selections of original illustrations used in publishing book covers and magazine advertising from the University Art Galleries’ Permanent Collection. The role of this exhibition is not to influence its audience. John Charles Cox, the AEE and the USD Art Galleries do not imply or intend to promote any political agenda with this exhibition.