'Cubists and Tubists': The Golden Age of Poster Design

Winterbourne House & Garden University of Birmingham
Monday 16 September 2019 (19:00-20:30)

Public Lecture at Winterbourne House

Following her sold-out talk earlier this year, Dr Emma West has been invited back to Winterbourne to deliver a lecture on the golden age of poster design. Drawing on original research from her postdoctoral project Revolutionary Red Tape, her enthusiastic and highly-illustrated talk explores posters from the 1910s-1940s.

Art Deco posters from the 1920s and 30s are now more popular than ever, but their reproduction on calendars and greetings cards belies their often radical beginnings as works designed to raise the standard of public taste. In this talk, Dr Emma West gives an insight into the history of British interwar posters, from adverts for the London Underground to the General Post Office, exploring how companies used advertising not only to increase sales but also to introduce the public to modern art.

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