Art as a Cold War Weapon

ART AS A COLD WAR WEAPON: HOW DID THE SOVIETS AND THE US USE VISUAL ART AS A MEANS TO PERSUADE DURING THE COLD WAR?

AND IN WHAT WAYS DID SOME FAMOUS ARTISTS USE THEIR ART TO PROTEST COLD WAR SITUATIONS?

ASK AN ART HISTORIAN WHO IS AN EXPERT ON COLD WAR ART

The Cold War Museum, in cooperation with Old Bust Head Brewing Company, invites you to attend a presentation by Dr. Julia Bailey, Curator at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, on

Art of the Cold War: Diplomacy, Propaganda and Resistance

How did artists respond to the Cold War – and what role did art play in shaping this conflict of ideologies? Dr Julia Tatiana Bailey reveals some of the little-known stories of how art operated as Cold War diplomacy, propaganda and resistance across the globe.

The presentation will explore how art was used by Cold War rivals as a proxy for military engagement. Large exhibitions of Soviet and American art toured the world, aimed at winning hearts and minds, while on both sides, dissenting artists were covertly groomed as propagandists. Art of various forms was created or appropriated as propaganda on the international stage and also at a domestic level: to shore up corrupt regimes, to demonize the enemy, and to motivate support for the continuation of the conflict.

But artists are notoriously hard to control. The presentation will also show how artist-activists fought against the Cold War: by shining a light on some of its darkest moments, inspiring revolutions and protesting against repression and occupation. From Picasso's Cold War history paintings and Keith Haring's murals on the Berlin Wall; to Henry Moore's anti-nuclear sculptures and paintings protesting against US military presence in Japan; this presentation will provide an overview of some of the most creative and controversial examples of the art of the Cold War.

Dr Julia Tatiana Bailey is a British art historian and curator, specializing in the visual culture of the Cold War. Julia is the founder of Espionart (espionart.com), a blog and research platform that uncovers the response and contribution of painting, sculpture, photography and other visual arts to the unique geopolitical and psychological circumstances of the Cold War. She is currently Lead Curator for Academic Events at London's Victoria and Albert Museum, having previously worked as a research manager and curator of exhibitions and acquisitions at Tate Modern.

Date: Sunday, September 2nd

Time: 1:00 PM. (Arrival at the brewery: 12:30-1:00 PM)

Cost: $25, including the presentation; a $7 coupon toward a craft beer draft, Kombucha or other drink; a $10 contribution to the Cold War Museum; and special access to the Museum (next door) for event participants following the presentation.

TICKETS AT THE DOOR, IF AVAILABLE, WILL BE $35.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-as-a-cold-war-weapon-tickets-48860632467

Date

Sep 02 2018

Time

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Regional Event

Location

Old Bust Head Brewery
7134 Farm Station Road, Vint Hill, Virginia 20187
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Organizer

Cold War Museum
Phone
7032834124
Email
jason@coldwar.org
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