Plakat Polski: Selections from The Frank Fox Polish Poster Collection and Kenneth F. Lewalski Polish Posters Collection
January 27 – March 31, 2017
Main Building, Rincliffe Gallery, 3rd Floor
Polish poster art and design emerged at the end of World War II and reached its height during the Cold War era. The explosion of creativity expressed through the Polish School of poster design has had a lasting and significant impact on the history of 20th-century graphic design. The artists and designers who belonged to the Polish School served as social and political commentators during the Soviet-dominated years from 1945 to 1989. The allusions and metaphors in many of the posters they created for film, theater, opera, the Polish circus and music often made implicit statements on the totalitarian state. Sly and ironic, many Polish posters passed through the official state censors to colorfully express public discontent on the streets of Warsaw, Krakow and other cities across Poland.
The Frank Fox Polish Poster Collection at Drexel University and the Kenneth F. Lewalski Polish Posters Collection, housed in Westphal’s URBN Center at Drexel, together represent one of the largest surveys of Soviet-era Polish posters in an institution in the United States.
The exhibition was curated by Mark Willie, Teaching Professor, Graphic Design, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. The exhibition is on display in the Rincliffe Gallery on the third floor of Main Building at 3141 Chestnut St. from January 27th through March 31st. An exhibition opening will be held on January 27th from 4-6pm in the Rincliffe Gallery and Anthony J. Drexel Picture Gallery. The Rincliffe Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Gallery is free and open to the public.
"Practical & Cultural": The Drexel Collection as Teaching Tool
April 14, 2017 – June 19, 2017
The Drexel Collection was founded not only for its aesthetic appeal but also as a teaching tool for the students attending Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry. Today the collection continues the tradition of being used as a resource for courses at Drexel University, partnering with departments and faculty to bring the collection to the Drexel community. This exhibition displays some of the past projects as well as current projects completed by students.
Photographs by Earl Dotter
June 29, 2017 – September 1, 2017
Earl Dotter is an award-winning photojournalists who has been documenting the lives of American workers for over forty years. His focus is on the occupational and environmental concerns of some of the more dangerous and unhealthy conditions of workers from the Appalachian coal fields to asbestos workers. This exhibition of photographs is sponsored by the Dornsife School of Public Health.