Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster 1844-2012


Feb 12, 2020 to May 3, 2020
10:00 AM until 04:00 PM

This event occurs weekly, on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.


Hiding in plain sight, the American political poster has been attempting to catch our eye and capture our vote through the use of visual language. In this survey that spans the life of these ubiquitous messengers, Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster 1844–2012 explores a variety of styles, design trends, and printing technology that delight your eye, engage your imagination, and lead you to ruminate over past political commitments

The American political poster has been sorely neglected as an art form and has played a minor cultural role despite its effectiveness in conveying a political message to millions of voters often through the skillful use of visual communication. Sign of the Times has made every effort to bring eye-popping political graphics to the forefront and show the great American political poster as art. Sign of the Times is curated by Hal Wert, Ph.D., collector and professor of history at Kansas City Art Institute, and organized by Exhibits USA/Mid-America Arts Alliance. A program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and the National Endowment of the Arts.

 Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art is an educational, nonprofit resource that acts on the belief that art illuminates our lives and creates a more humane world. We affirm our institutional mission to develop the whole person. Open to the public, Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please check the website,  for related programming and happenings. Extended hours occur on Third Thursday and special programmed events. The Museum is closed the week of Easter, April 8 through 12, 2020.​


Admission is free and open to all.


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