Art, Propaganda, and War, Talk with Ranelle Knight Lueth
We are pleased to host art historian Ranelle Knight-Lueth for a gallery walk & talk titled "Art, Propaganda, and Power," on our current exhibit "The Art of Selling the Great War," featuring over 20 WWI propaganda posters which are currently on loan from the Iowa Masonic Library and Museum in Cedar Rapids.
World War I allowed American artists to serve their country by producing compelling art images that promoted numerous organizations, efforts, and patriotic sentiments. Posters could appeal to viewers in a variety of ways, whether it was through choices of color, patterns, allegorical subjects, or textual messages, just to list a few. Indeed, the production of these posters were anything but easy and simple. Behind the scenes, artists worked with government officials through the Division of Pictorial Publicity, a subgroup of the Committee on Public Information. The work of these artists contributed to a dynamic visual propaganda collection, proving that art was one of America's most powerful weapons during the Great War.
Ranelle Knight-Lueth received her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 2015. Her dissertation topic was on the combat art of World War I, for which she received national fellowships from the Center of Military History and the Norman Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies. Since then, she has researched and lectured on other arts created during the Great War, and she currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Art History and the Director of Galleries and Collections at Coe College.
The talk is free and open to the public.