“Posters of the Gorbachev Era: The Sunset of Soviet Power”

The “Posters of the Gorbachev Era: The Sunset of Soviet Power” exhibition takes a step back in time to the era when the Soviet Union began its transition from an empire back into Russia, as Mikhail Gorbachev announced in 1986 economic and political reforms under the banner of perestroika. Intended to foster automation and labor efficiency, perestroika evolved into a weakening of central planning — the genie was out of the bottle. This exhibition presents posters from 1987 to 1990. Some are pretty much straight propaganda, but others have a vitality and a verve that echo the energy of American graphic novels. Sam Wellman, marketing manager for the Russian Cultural Center Our Texas, says, “Political propaganda posters of this nature in the former USSR were a traditional medium, the style of which was taught in art institutes nationwide. To an extent, they were the edgy political ‘tweets’ of Soviet times.”

Houston-based artist Valentina Kiseleva, with a past in graphic design in the USSR, will also show, beginning August 1, posters she designed in the 1970s.
Saturdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Mondays-Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: May 23. Continues through Aug. 30, 2014

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