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  • We Can...We Will...We Must! Allied Propaganda Posters of WWII
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We Can...We Will...We Must! Allied Propaganda Posters of WWII

November 27, 2013 – February 16, 2014

With support from The James R. Moffett Family Foundation.

"We Can Do It," "Loose Lips Sink Ships," and "I Want You" are sayings that have become ingrained on the American consciousness. These and others were part of propaganda campaigns used during WWII to unite the American people towards a common cause.

The National WWII Museum is currently exhibiting some of the most famous propaganda posters from the era along with more obscure works, Home Front Artifacts, newsreels and more as part of the special exhibit We Can. . . We Will. . . We Must! Allied Propaganda of WWII. The exhibit not only highlights the physical works of propaganda during wartime, it also explores how these slogans and images were created and how specific tools and devices were utilized to elicit a response.

The Museum has a variety of programming planned in support of this exhibit — from film screenings to family activities to lectures. Please join us at one of these free events, open to the public.

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Friday, December 13, 2013
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
H. Mortimer Favrot Orientation Center
Lagniappe Lecture — "Art and Propaganda: Louisiana Artists Supporting the War Effort" by Megan Franich
During the Great Depression, FDR implemented the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project. The FAP of Louisiana hired artists — men and women — to help record and preserve history. As the WPA came to an end, the FAP helped America prepare for WWII by designing propaganda posters for the Red Cross, the Army and the Navy in 1942. Megan Franich will discuss how Louisiana artists made this transition. For more information call 504-528-1944 x 229.

Thursday, December 26, 2013 — Saturday, January 4, 2014
10:00 am – 2:00 pm daily
Louisiana Memorial Pavilion | Family Activity Table
Propaganda Art Making Activities
The Museum will set out an activity table for kids to color their own propaganda posters and do other small craft projects that connect with the propaganda posters in the special exhibition. For more information call 504-528-1944 x 229.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
H. Mortimer Favrot Orientation Center
Lagniappe Lecture — "The Art of Propaganda" by Miranda Lash
In partnership with NOMA, Miranda Lash, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art, will discuss the visual tools utilized by commercial and graphic artists to create propaganda posters. They will explore works by famous propaganda artists, including Thomas Hart Benton and Norman Rockwell, and their status and legacy in the larger art world. For more information call 504-528-1944 x 229.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Stage Door Canteen
"OWI Shorts" Film Fest
Propaganda was not only visible through poster art, but many other types of media throughout the war, especially film. The Bureau of Motion Pictures under the Office of War Information (OWI) supervised film production, evaluated scripts and produced an instructional manual for Hollywood directors. See Private SNAFU, Walt Disney, Looney Toons and Hanna-Barbera selections, along with clips from Hollywood films influenced by the OWI. For more information call 504-528-1944 x 229.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
H. Mortimer Favrot Orientation Center
Lagniappe Lecture — "Propaganda: Graphic Art or Advertising?" by Chrissy Gregg
Are propaganda posters art, advertising or both? Special Exhibit Curator Chrissy Gregg will discuss the history, process and division among artists and advertisers to illustrate information to the public during World War II. These competing factions believed certain techniques and tools would elicit a greater emotional response from viewers. Join us to learn which group ultimately determined the visual messages of these posters. For more information call 504-528-1944 x 229.

Friday, December 13, 2013 – Sunday, February 16, 2014
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Special Exhibition Gallery Lobby
Special Event — Student Artwork Contest: Imagine a World Without Hate
The Museum is partnering with the Anti-Defamation League to display winning selections from the "Imagine a World without Hate" student art competition. The artwork from elementary, middle and high school students from around the region will be on exhibit with We Can...We Will...We Must! Allied Propaganda Posters of WWII from December 13, 2013 to February 16, 2014. For more information call 504-528-1944 x 229.

 

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